Jason Day

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Jason Day
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Photographed in April 2011
Personal information
NicknameJ.D., Jaydee, Jay Day
Born (1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 33)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm) [1]
Weight88.5 kg (195 lb; 13.94 st)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Forest Lake, Queensland, Australia [2]
Westerville, Ohio, U.S. [3]
SpouseEllie Harvey (m. 2009)
ChildrenDash, Lucy, Arrow
Career
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins17
Highest ranking 1 (20 September 2015) [4]
(51 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour12
European Tour3
Korn Ferry Tour1
Other4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T2: 2011
PGA Championship Won: 2015
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 2011, 2013
The Open Championship T4: 2015
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Award 2016

Jason Day (born 12 November 1987) is an Australian professional golfer and PGA Tour member. He is a former World Number 1 in the World Golf Ranking, having first achieved the ranking in September 2015. Day 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. [5] In February 2014, Day 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.

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Early life

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland. [1] His father, Alvin, was Irish Australian, [6] [7] and his mother, Dening, migrated from the Philippines to Australia in the early 1980s. [8] He has two siblings, Yanna and Kim. [6] His father took him to Beaudesert Golf Club and enrolled him as a junior member just after 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. [6]

Day's mother 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, [9] at the behest of his coach, Col Swatton, who had moved there when Kooralbyn school closed down. Day borrowed a book about Tiger Woods from his roommate, 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. [10]

Amateur career

As an amateur, Day was twice awarded the Australian Junior Order of Merit. He finished seventh and was the leading amateur at the Queensland Open. Day won the Australian Boys' Amateur in 2004. His amateur success extended to the United States, where he won the Boys 15–17 division at the 2004 Callaway World Junior Championship and was runner-up in the 2005 Porter Cup. [11] He was a member of the Golf Australia National Squad.

Professional career

2006–10: Early career

Day turned professional in July 2006 after winning the Green Jacket at the NEC Master of the Amateurs, signing with TaylorMade and Adidas [12] and immediately began playing PGA Tour events, principally through sponsors' exemptions. He made the cut in five of his first six PGA Tour events as a pro with a best finish of eleventh at the Reno-Tahoe Open and with official winnings of over $160,000. He entered PGA Tour qualifying, or Q-School. Placed in the second of three rounds, he tied for first in his section of the second round, advancing to the Q-School finals. However, in the six-round finals he played poorly, shooting fifteen shots higher than the score needed to qualify. Accordingly, he failed to earn his 2007 PGA Tour card but earned conditional status on the Nationwide Tour for 2007. [13]

Day won his first Nationwide Tour event in July 2007 at the Legend Financial Group Classic, becoming the youngest man to win on any of the PGA Tour's three tours. [14] The win jumped him to eighth on the Nationwide Tour's money list. He ended up finishing 5th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for 2008. He had a mediocre season, but had conditional status for 2009. A second-place finish at the Puerto Rico Open helped Day retain his card for 2010, and he finished 69th in the money list. [15]

In May 2010, he became the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event, winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship. [16] Day gained entry into his first ever major championship at the 2010 Open Championship after Greg Norman withdrew. Day went on to make the cut and finish in a tie for 60th place. In August 2010, Day made his first appearance at the PGA Championship, where a 66 on Saturday helped him to finish seven-under-par for the tournament and earn his first top-10 in a major. This run of form continued during the FedEx Cup playoff season, where Day enjoyed top-five finishes at the first two playoff events to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. He would go on to finish T17 at East Lake Golf Club and ended the 2010 season ranked 21st on the PGA Tour money list. [15]

2011–14: Contending in majors

At the 2011 Masters Tournament, Day birdied the last two holes, but came up two strokes short of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel. Day tied for second with Adam Scott and at −12 set the Masters record for the lowest score by a first-time participant. This was his best performance in a major championship, and throughout the final round Day was tied for the lead on a number of occasions before eventually finishing in a tie for second after Schwartzel made four consecutive birdies to win the tournament. [17]

In June 2011, Day participated at Congressional for the 2011 U.S. Open, his maiden appearance in a U.S. Open. Following his successful run at the Masters, Day achieved consecutive second-place finishes in the majors, this time finishing alone in second, some eight strokes behind runaway leader Rory McIlroy. He shot the equal lowest round of the week on Saturday, a 65, to jump up the leaderboard into a tie for third after round three. On Sunday, although he did not challenge for the lead, he was the best of the rest of the field as the Open was dominated by wire-to-wire winner McIlroy. [18]

As a result of his major performances, Day moved into the Official World Golf Ranking top-10 for the first time in his career at ninth. [5] Despite not winning a tournament during 2011, Day ended the season ranked 9th on the PGA Tour money list. He contended in a major once again at the 2013 Masters Tournament when he shot rounds of 70 and 68 to take a one-shot lead over Fred Couples going to the weekend. In the third round, Day was tied for the lead through 16 holes but bogeyed the last two holes to shoot a 73 and finish two shots behind Brandt Snedeker and Ángel Cabrera. During the final round, Day got off to a quick start by going birdie-eagle to take a one-shot lead. Day would later go on to birdie 13, 14, and 15 to take a one-shot lead with three holes to play. However, he bogeyed 16 and 17 and just missed a birdie putt at 18 that would have tied the lead. He shot a 70 and finished two shots back in third place behind Adam Scott, and Cabrera. [19]

Day finished as a runner-up for the third time in a major championship at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. He finished in a tie for second alongside Phil Mickelson, two strokes behind Justin Rose. Day tied the lead with a birdie at the 10th, but bogeys at 11, 14, and 18 would prevent him from winning his first major championship. It was the second time in his career Day had finished as a runner-up at the U.S. Open, and Day is also the only player in 2013 to hold a lead on the back nine Sunday at both majors. He tied for the lowest cumulative score in all four majors in 2013, with fellow Australian Adam Scott at +2. [20]

In February 2014, Day won his first World Golf Championship event, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, after a final in which Victor Dubuisson won the last two holes to tie, then twice scrambled halves after missing greens at the extra holes before Day finally secured victory. The win lifted Day to fourth in the world rankings. [21]

2015: Major champion and World #1

In February 2015, Day won his third PGA Tour event and his seventh title as a pro, winning the Farmers Insurance Open with a score of 279 (−9) after prevailing in a four-way playoff over Harris English, J. B. Holmes and Scott Stallings. He won at the second hole with a par while Holmes made bogey, after English and Stallings were eliminated at the first hole. [22] The victory lifted Day back to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking. [23]

During the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open, Day collapsed on his 18th hole, the 9th hole on the course, having started the day on the 10th. He was very slow to get back up and was shaking and wobbly. It was later revealed that this was due to vertigo, a diagnosis Day had received from his doctor a month prior. However, the very next day, when he wasn't even sure if he would play, Day ended the third round tied for the lead. [24] He finished the tournament tied for 9th. At the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, Day entered the final round as one of the 54-hole co-leaders and shot a bogey-free 70 to finish at 14-under-par and one stroke outside of the 3-way playoff. He had a putt for birdie on the 72nd hole to join the playoff but left it inches short. Day's tie for fourth, however, was his best finish at the Open Championship and was the sixth time he had finished in the top 5 of a major without winning one. [25]

The following week at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Canada, Day outlasted Bubba Watson and hometown favorite David Hearn to win the tournament, his second tour victory of the season and fourth overall. He made birdies on the last three holes in the final round to take a one-stroke victory. [26] The 2015 PGA Championship was the final major championship of the 2015 season, hosted at the historic Whistling Straits. Jason Day produced an exceptional performance shooting rounds of 68, 67, 66 and 67 to best his nearest competitor, Jordan Spieth, by three strokes. This also preventing Spieth from winning a third major championship that season, although Spieth did dethrone Rory McIlroy to become the No. 1 ranked PGA player. Jason Day also set a new record that week becoming the first player in history to finish at 20-under-par in a major. [27] [28]

Day's hot streak continued with wins in The Barclays and the BMW Championship, two of the first three events in the FedEx Cup playoffs. As a result of the BMW Championship win, on 20 September 2015, Day gained the world number 1 ranking for the first time. [29] Day entered the Tour Championship as the FedEx Cup leader, but he finished tied for tenth. Jordan Spieth would win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup as well as retaking the number one world ranking. [30]

2016

After a missed cut in the defence of his Farmers Insurance Open title, Day claimed his first win of the year and eighth overall on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he beat Kevin Chappell by one shot. [31] Day's victory was wire-to-wire having shot all four rounds under par (66-65-70-70) to finish with a −17 total. He birdied the 17th hole during the final round and had to get up and down from the bunker on the 72nd hole to hold on for the win. Day rose one place in the world rankings to number two, overtaking Rory McIlroy.

Just a week later, Day was in the winner's circle again at the WGC-Dell Match Play. He overtook Jordan Spieth to reach world No. 1 with his progression through to the semi-finals [32] before beating Louis Oosthuizen 5 & 4 in the final in Austin, Texas for his ninth PGA Tour win. [33]

He followed these victories up with a 4-stroke, wire-to-wire win at the 2016 Players Championship for his 10th career PGA Tour victory. [34] Afterwards, he was hailed by world No.2 and nearest rival Jordan Spieth, while Adam Scott called his run of form 'Tiger-esque'. [35]

In late June, Day announced that he would not be playing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, citing concerns over the Zika virus. [36]

As of July 2016, Day has earned over $33 million in prize money on the PGA Tour.

2017

On 1 January 2017, Nike announced that Day was joining Nike Golf ahead of the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua the following week. It was announced that he will wear Nike clothes, shoes and gloves, following the brand's decision to stop making clubs and balls. Nike Golf unveiled a commercial to announce the multi-year sponsorship deal worth a reported $10m a year. Day was known to have the RBC logo on the collar of his shirts, but because Nike does not allow other sponsorships to be seen on their apparel, his sponsorship contract with RBC was not renewed. He continues to wear the Lexus logo on the left sleeve of his shirts, as he previously did before using Nike apparel.

On 13 September 2017, after a winless season, Day split from his caddie of 11 years – his entire professional career – and 'father figure' Colin Swatton. Day confirmed, though, that Swatton would remain as his swing coach. [37]

2018

In January, Day won the Farmers Insurance Open, at Torrey Pines for a second time, for his 11th PGA Tour win and first in over eighteen months. He defeated Alex Norén and Ryan Palmer in a sudden-death playoff, that lasted six extra holes. Palmer had been eliminated with birdies on the first extra hole, but a further five holes were needed to separate Day and Norén. Play had to be suspended after the fifth extra hole, with the players coming back for a Monday finish. Day finally claimed the victory with a birdie on the sixth extra hole, after Norén had found water with his second shot to the green. The win lifted Day back into the world's top 10. [38] In May, Day won the Wells Fargo Championship.

2019

Day continued to battle chronic back pain in 2019. After a decade of dealing with the problem, he was not afraid to try new remedies. "I was explaining the other day that I was blowing into balloons," Day told reporters at Quail Hollow in May 2019. "Which is crazy, because I haven't really trained at all this year because I've been so sore." The balloon therapy, which takes about 20–30 minutes twice a day, is supposed to help get his rib cage, hips and shoulders aligned, thereby alleviating pressure on his back. "Blowing into balloons, that's as far as I go," he said of the therapy. "Long story short, I try to keep my rib cage down. My rib cage gets up and then it blocks my mid back and then I can't really turn. So I get it from somewhere else and that's why my back flares up." [39]

Following the 2019 U.S. Open, Day was being caddied by Tiger Woods' former caddie, Steve Williams. In June 2019, golf media reported that Williams was "the boss" of the player-caddie relationship and was telling Day what to do. [40] "Pretty much when he asks you to do something you pretty much do it," Day said of Williams. Case in point: following an uninspiring round of even par on a rainy Thursday afternoon at the Travelers Championship, Day headed straight to the range at Williams' request. A day later, Day shot 63. "We've definitely been a lot more disciplined about going to the range and putting green, chipping green after the round and making sure we're staying on top of it, especially with our feels," said Day. "I've got a lot of work [to do] . . . [Steve] is very black and white." [40] After Day missed the cut at The Northern Trust in August 2019, Day and Williams parted ways citing a 'disconnect between old school and new school'. [41]

On 21 October 2019, Day won The Challenge: Japan Skins over Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama. [42]

Day was originally a captain's pick for the International team of the Presidents Cup but withdrew with a back injury. He was replaced by An Byeong-hun. [43]

Personal life

Day married Ellie Harvey (of Lucas, Ohio), in 2009. [3] [44] The couple live in Westerville, Ohio, with their three children: Dash, born in 2012, Lucy, born in 2015, and Arrow, born in 2018. [45] They are expecting their fourth child, due in mid-2021. [46] On 17 December 2015, while watching a Cleveland Cavaliers game against Oklahoma City Thunder at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ellie sustained injuries after Cavaliers player LeBron James collided with her while attempting to retrieve a loose ball. She exited the arena in a stretcher with her head immobilized and was admitted to a nearby hospital. [47]

Day had previously lived in Orlando, Florida, and Fort Worth, Texas. [48]

In November 2013, eight of Day's relatives in the Philippines, including his grandmother, died during Typhoon Haiyan. [49]

Recognition

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (12)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Players Championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff events (2)
Other PGA Tour (6)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
123 May 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship 66-65-67-72=270−102 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Blake Adams, Flag of the United States.svg Brian Gay,
Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Overton
223 Feb 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 23 holes Flag of France.svg Victor Dubuisson
38 Feb 2015 Farmers Insurance Open 73-65-71-70=279−9Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Harris English, Flag of the United States.svg J. B. Holmes,
Flag of the United States.svg Scott Stallings
426 Jul 2015 RBC Canadian Open 68-66-69-68=271−171 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Bubba Watson
516 Aug 2015 PGA Championship 68-67-66-67=268−203 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Spieth
630 Aug 2015 The Barclays 68-68-63-62=261−196 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Henrik Stenson
720 Sep 2015 BMW Championship 61-63-69-69=262−226 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Berger
820 Mar 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational 66-65-70-70=271−171 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Chappell
927 Mar 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play (2)5 & 4 Flag of South Africa.svg Louis Oosthuizen
1015 May 2016 The Players Championship 63-66-73-71=273−154 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Chappell
1129 Jan 2018 Farmers Insurance Open (2)73-64-71-70=278−10Playoff Flag of Sweden.svg Alex Norén, Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Palmer
126 May 2018 Wells Fargo Championship 69-67-67-69=272−122 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Nick Watney, Flag of the United States.svg Aaron Wise

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2015 Farmers Insurance Open Flag of the United States.svg Harris English, Flag of the United States.svg J. B. Holmes,
Flag of the United States.svg Scott Stallings
Won with par on second extra hole
English and Stallings eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Flag of the United States.svg Billy Horschel Lost to par on first extra hole
3 2018 Farmers Insurance Open Flag of Sweden.svg Alex Norén, Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Palmer Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
Palmer eliminated with birdie on first hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
18 Jul 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic 68-66-67-67=268−161 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Gardiner

Other wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
124 Nov 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf
(with Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Scott)
143-138-134-136=551−1710 strokesFlag of the United States.svg  United StatesMatt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman
224 Nov 2013 World Cup of Golf Individual Trophy 68-70-66-70=274−102 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Bjørn
313 Dec 2014 Franklin Templeton Shootout
(with Flag of the United States.svg Cameron Tringale)
55-64-65=184−321 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Harris English and Flag of the United States.svg Matt Kuchar
421 Oct 2019 MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins $210,000$150,000 Ulster Banner.svg Rory McIlroy, Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2015 PGA Championship 2 shot lead−20 (68-67-66-67=268)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Spieth

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament T2WD3T20T28T10T22T20
U.S. Open 2T59T2T4T9T8CUTCUT
The Open Championship T60T30T32T58T4T22T27T17
PGA Championship T10CUTCUTT8T15 1 2T9T19
Tournament201920202021
Masters Tournament T5CUTCUT
PGA Championship T23T4T44
U.S. Open T21T38
The Open Championship CUTNT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 011347118
PGA Championship 1103691210
U.S. Open 020356108
The Open Championship 00011398
Totals1411016254234

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2016 The Players Championship 4 shot lead−15 (63-66-73-71=273)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Chappell

Results timeline

Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
The Players Championship CUTT6CUTT19CUT1T60T5T8CT35
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

World Golf Championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a23 holes Flag of France.svg Victor Dubuisson
2016 WGC-Dell Match Play (2)n/a5 & 4 Flag of South Africa.svg Louis Oosthuizen

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
Championship T45T20T33T31T23T18
Match Play R16R323 1 T52 1 T58T36T61NT1T42
Invitational T22T4T29T53WDT12T3T24T10T40T6
Champions T11T11NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
WD = withdrew
NT = No tournament
"T" = tied

PGA Tour career summary

SeasonStartsCuts
made
Wins
(majors)
2nd3rdTop-10Top-25Earnings
($)
Money
list rank [54]
2006 7500002174,508n/a
2008 281300026767,393136
2009 1814010271,251,21969
2010 24181105112,904,32721
2011 211802110123,962,6479
2012 1713000481,143,23388
2013 21210127123,625,03012
2014 1514120693,789,57416
2015 20185 (1)0111159,403,3302
2016 201931110168,045,1122
2017 20160105122,978,18128
2018 20182105155,087,46110
2019 21150006112,637,48035
2020 1710000571,943,89842
Career*26921212 (1)1057814347,713,39212 [55]

*As of the 2020 season

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Equipment

Equipment is accurate as of the Wells Fargo Championship (6 May 2018) [56]

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