Jason Day (golfer)

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Jason Day
Personal information
NicknameJ.D., Jaydee
Born(1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 24)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight75 kg (170 lb; 11.8 st)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceForest Lake, Queensland, Australia[1]
Dublin, Ohio, U.S.[2]
SpouseEllie Harvey (m. 2009)
ChildrenDash James (b. 2012)
Career
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Nationwide Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT2: 2011
U.S. Open2nd: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT30: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2010
 
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Jason Day
Personal information
NicknameJ.D., Jaydee
Born(1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 24)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight75 kg (170 lb; 11.8 st)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceForest Lake, Queensland, Australia[1]
Dublin, Ohio, U.S.[2]
SpouseEllie Harvey (m. 2009)
ChildrenDash James (b. 2012)
Career
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Nationwide Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT2: 2011
U.S. Open2nd: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT30: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2010

Jason Day (born 12 November 1987) is an Australian professional golfer who is a member on the PGA Tour. He has had some notable results in the major championships with two consecutive second place finishes at the 2011 Masters and the 2011 U.S. Open. In June 2011, Day broke into the world's top ten for the first time in his career, rising to world number nine after his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.[3] In July 2011, Day rose to world number seven, his highest world ranking position to date.

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Early life

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland to an Irish Australian father and Filipino mother.[4][5] 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.

Day's mother sent him to school at Kooralbyn, just a 30 minute drive south of Beaudesert. The Kooralbyn International School has a golf course attached. Later he was to go to Hills International College where they have a Golf Academy[6] 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 practising in the early morning, at lunch-time and in the evening. He used the book's reports of Woods's 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.[7]

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. 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.[8]

Professional career

Day turned professional in July 2006 after winning the Green Jacket at the NEC Master of the Amateurs, signing with TaylorMade and Adidas[9] 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.

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.[10] 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.

In May 2010, he became the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event, winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship.[11] 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.

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 Day's 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Despite not winning a tournament during 2011, Day ended the season ranked 9th on the PGA Tour money list.

Personal life

Day married Ellie Harvey, of Lucas, Ohio, on 3 October 2009. The couple live in Columbus, Ohio.

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (2)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunners-up
123 May 2010HP Byron Nelson Championship-10 (66-65-67-72=270)2 strokesUnited States Blake Adams, United States Brian Gay, United States Jeff Overton

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner-up
18 Jul 2007Legend Financial Group Classic-16 (68-66-67-67=268)1 strokeAustralia Scott Gardiner

Results in major championships

Tournament201020112012
The MastersDNPT2WD
U.S. OpenDNP2T59
The Open ChampionshipT60T30DNP
PGA ChampionshipT10CUTCUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament201020112012
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR16R32
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPT45T20
Bridgestone InvitationalT22T4T29
HSBC ChampionsDNPDNP

Team appearances

Equipment

See also

References

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