Jason Day (golfer)

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Jason Day
— Golfer —
Jason Day.jpg
Photographed in April 2011
Personal information
Nickname J.D., Jaydee, Jay Day
Born (1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 34)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Weight 88.5 kg (195 lb; 13.94 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Forest Lake, Queensland, Australia[2]
Westerville, Ohio, U.S.[3]
Spouse Ellie Harvey (m. 2009)
Children 2
Turned professional 2006
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 7
European Tour 2
Web.com Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T2: 2011
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 2011, 2013
The Open Championship T4: 2015
PGA Championship Won: 2015

Jason Day (born 12 November 1987) is an Australian professional golfer and PGA Tour member. 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.[4] In February 2014, Day won his first WGC title, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. 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. In September 2015, Day reached World Number 1 in the World Golf Ranking.

Early life

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland.[1] His father, Alvin, was an Irish-Australian[5] and his mother, Dening, was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia in the early 1980s.[6] He has two siblings, Yanna and Kim.[5][7] 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.[5]

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,[8] 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' 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.[9]

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.[10] 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[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

In May 2010, he became the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event, winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship.[15] 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.[14]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[4] 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] The victory lifted Day back to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] At the next major championship, and the final one of the season, the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Day went on to play a five-under-par final round and prevented Jordan 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 day as the first player to finish at 20-under-par in a major.[26][27]

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.[28] 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.[29]

Personal life

Day married Ellie Harvey (of Lucas, Ohio), in 2009.[3][30] The couple live in Westerville, Ohio. The couple have one son, Dash, born in 2012, and a daughter, Lucy, born on 11 November 2015.[31] 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.[32]

He had previously lived in Orlando, Florida, and Fort Worth, Texas.[33]

In November 2013, eight of Day's relatives in the Philippines, including his grandmother, died during Typhoon Haiyan.[34]


Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (12)

PGA Tour wins (7)

Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff event (2)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
1 23 May 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship 66-65-67-72=270 −10 2 strokes United States Blake Adams, United States Brian Gay,
United States Jeff Overton
2 23 Feb 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 23 holes France Victor Dubuisson
3 8 Feb 2015 Farmers Insurance Open 73-65-71-70=279 −9 Playoff United States Harris English, United States J. B. Holmes
United States Scott Stallings
4 26 Jul 2015 RBC Canadian Open 68-66-69-68=271 −17 1 stroke United States Bubba Watson
5 16 Aug 2015 PGA Championship 68-67-66-67=268 −20 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth
6 30 Aug 2015 The Barclays 68-68-63-62=261 −19 6 strokes Sweden Henrik Stenson
7 20 Sep 2015 BMW Championship 61-63-69-69=262 −22 6 strokes United States Daniel Berger

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 Farmers Insurance Open United States Harris English, United States J. B. Holmes,
United States Scott Stallings
Won with par on second extra hole
English and Stallings eliminated with birdie on first hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 8 Jul 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic 68-66-67-67=268 −16 1 stroke Australia Scott Gardiner

Other wins (4)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2015 PGA Championship 2 shot lead −20 (68-67-66-67=268) 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth

Results timeline

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP T2 WD 3 T20 T28
U.S. Open DNP 2 T59 T2 T4 T9
The Open Championship T60 T30 DNP T32 T58 T4
PGA Championship T10 CUT CUT T8 T15 1

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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 1 2 2 3 5 4
U.S. Open 0 2 0 3 4 4 5 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 5 5
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 3 4 6 4
Totals 1 3 1 7 10 12 21 18
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2013 Masters – 2015 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice, current)

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin
of victory
2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship n/a 23 holes France Victor Dubuisson

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship DNP T45 T20 T33 DNP T31
Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP R16 R32 3 1 T52
Bridgestone Invitational T22 T4 T29 T53 WD T12
  • DNP = Did not play
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • "T" = tied
  • Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances



As of the Farmers Insurance Open, 8 February 2015[38]

  • Driver: TaylorMade R15 460
  • 4 Wood: TaylorMade AeroBurner 3HL
  • Irons: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2011 (2), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC 2014 (3–PW)
  • Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred ATV Grind (54, and 60 degrees)
  • Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider Itsy Bitsy Prototype
  • Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X

See also


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  34. "Golfer Jason Day lost eight relatives to Typhoon Haiyan". CBS News. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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