Height: 6 ft, 0 in
Weight: 195 lbs
Turned pro: 2006
Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Top 10’s: 57
Career wins: 15
World golf championships: 2
Players championships: 1
World golf ranking: #3
Jason Day is an Australian professional golfer and PGA Tour member. He is the current World Number 1 in the World Golf Ranking, having first achieved the ranking in September 2015. Jason first broke into the world’s top ten in June 2011, rising to world number nine after his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. In February 2014, Jason won his first WGC title, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and would win it for a second time in 2016. With his 2016 win, he joined Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy as the only multiple winners of the WGC Match Play. He went on to win his first major tournament at the 2015 PGA Championship, scoring a record 20 strokes under par and rising to number three in the world rankings.
Jason was born in Beaudesert, Queensland. His father, Alvin, was Australian, and his mother, Dening, was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia in the early 1980’s. He has two siblings, Yanna and Kim. His father took him to Beaudesert Golf Club and enrolled him as a junior member just past his sixth birthday. He was allowed to play six holes a day as a junior. At the age of eight his family moved to Rockhampton, and during this period he began to win events in the surrounding districts. Alvin Day died of stomach cancer when Jason was 12.
Jason’s mother then sent him to Kooralbyn International School, which had a golf course attached. Later he went to Hills International College, where they have a golf academy, at the behest of his coach and now caddie, Col Swatton, who had moved there when Kooralbyn school closed down. Day borrowed a book about Tiger Woods from his room-mate, and it inspired him to improve his golf by practicing in the early morning, at lunch-time and in the evening. He used the book’s reports of Woods’ scores as his benchmark for improvement and as a reachable standard. His first big win was at the age of 13 in a 2000 Australian Masters junior event on the Gold Coast, where he won with scores of 87, 78, 76 and 76.
In 2015 Jason was honoured with the Don Award by Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Mark H. McCormack Award in 2016. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Greg Norman Medal. His hometown of Beaudesert, Australia named a street in his honour following his outstanding 2015 season. In January 2017 Nike signed the world No. 1 Jason Day to a multi-year contract. The agreement covers footwear, apparel, headwear and gloves.
“Joining Nike is a dream come true,” Jason said. “The brand is synonymous with the world’s best athletes. I’m honoured and can’t wait to be part of the team and working closely with Nike to take my game, and the sport of golf, to even higher levels.”
“Never say die”
2007 Legend Financial Group Classic
2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship
2012 Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge
2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf
2014 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
2014 Franklin Templeton Shootout
2015 BMW Championship
2015 The Barclays
2015 PGA Championship
2015 RBC Canadian Open
2015 Farmers Insurance Open
2016 The Players Championship
2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play
2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
2017 PGA Tour Rankings
- Events Played: 3
- FedExCup Points: 163.00 (75)
- Money List: 64
- Best Finish: T5th (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am)
- Cuts Made:2
- Top 3 Finishes
- 2017 Earnings: $409,800
- Top 10 Finishes: 1
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Feb 9-12, 2017
Playing for the first time since his emotional withdrawal at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Jason Day said Monday that he’s “in a much better place” mentally after his mother underwent lung-cancer surgery.
Her prognosis was better here in the States, and on March 24 she had a quarter of her left lung removed. Day picked her up from the hospital, returned her to his house in Columbus, Ohio, and spent the better part of last week by her side. He didn’t pick up a club until he arrived in Augusta on Friday – a break that wasn’t ideal for his game but necessary for his mind.
“There’s been a lot of things go on this year that have been somewhat distracting to my golf,” he said. “Golf was the last thing that I was ever thinking about when this first came about. I’m in a much better place now. I feel happier to be on the golf course and enjoying myself out here a lot more than I was the last month or two.” Day worked on his short game Friday, then played nine holes each on Saturday and Sunday while logging seven-hour days at the course.
15 career wins
Jason’s life reads like a rags to riches movie script, but more inspiring than his epic rise to fame is the love story between the Queenslander and his American wife Ellie, whose unwavering support has seen him achieve his dreams. When Jason, 27, won the PGA Championship with a record-breaking 20 under par, there by his side with open arms and tears in her eyes was the woman whose love has kept him strong through some of his darkest days.
The couple met ten years ago at a restaurant in Ohio where Ellie was working, but they only began dating two years later when they met again at a mutual friend’s party. While they come from opposite ends of the world, Ellie grew up in Lucas, a town of 600 in Ohio and Jason grew up in Beaudesert, Queensland, they “fell for each other”.
Jason and Ellie tied the knot in 2009 and his wife has been a constant pillar of strength. Since then, Ellie has not left Jason’s side. She travels with him from tournament to tournament in the family’s RV and walks with him to each hole during tournaments, along with their son Dash & daughter Lucy. It’s this unwavering support which has helped Jason triumph over tragedy. At the age of 12, he lost his father to cancer and began drinking, confessing he got into fights at school.
Jason’s Mum Dening took a second mortgage out on the house and borrowed money just to get me away from where I was, to go to school, seven hours’ drive away,” remembers Jason. “We were poor. I remember watching her cut the lawn with a knife because we couldn’t afford to fix the lawnmower.” In November 2013, Jason lost eight members of his family, including his beloved grandmother, when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and collapsed in 2015 on the golf course at the US Open with vertigo from an inner ear infection.
But through it all, Ellie was there – and he credits her for giving him the life he has and loves. “Family comes first and golf is second,” says Jason.
The Brighter Days Foundation works to end child hunger in Ohio, gives hope to those who may be feeling hopeless and supports child-serving organizations. Brighter Days Foundation provides funding and resources to deserving projects and organizations whose missions match Jason and Ellie Day’s desire to help families in need. Brighter Days Foundation exists to ensure everyone has a chance for a brighter day and a brighter future.
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