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Aussie Sporting Heroes – Jason Day – Golfer

Jason Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland on the 12th of November, 1987 to an Australian father, Alvin and a Filipino mother Dening.

Jason’s father exposed to golf at a young age by enrolling him as a junior member at the Beaudesert Golf Club just after his sixth birthday. He was allowed to play six holes a day as a junior.

Two years later, the family moved to Rockhampton, where Jason’s potential started to show, winning several events in the surrounding districts. It was here that he and his family suffered the huge blow of losing his father to stomach cancer – Jason was 12.

Despite this setback, Jason’s love for the game of golf shone through. In the year following his father’s death, he read book about Tiger Woods, which inspired him to improve his golf by practicing in the early morning, at lunch-time and in the evening.

The book’s detailed Woods’ scores which Day set 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.

In 2004, Day won the Australian Boys’ championship before turning heading to the states in the same year, winning the Boys 15–17 division at the 2004 Callaway World Junior Championship. He also finished runner-up in the 2005 Porter Cup, a 72-hole, medal-play elite amateur golf tournament held annually at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, New York.

Jason turned professional in July 2006 after winning the Green Jacket at the NEC Master of the Amateurs, signing with Taylor Made and Adidas. He made a great start to his pro career, making the cut in five of his first six tournaments.

It took Day nearly five years before he first broke into the top ten in June 2011. Rising to world number nine after his runner-up finish at the US Open, which was his second runner-up position in consecutive majors after his breakthrough second at Augusta earlier that year.

He has proven one of the most consistent players in major in the modern game, finishing top 10 in nine of his first 20 majors. His first major, well deserved, came at the 2015 PGA Championship, scoring a record 20 strokes under par.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 compatriot Geoff Ogilvy as the only multiple winners of the WGC Match Play.
He is the current world number one, just the third Australia ever to have done so, having first achieved the ranking in September 2015.

Jason Day at the Majors (until 2016)

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP T2 WD 3 T20 T28 T10
U.S. Open DNP 2 T59 T2 T4 T9 T8
The Open Championship T60 T30 DNP T32 T58 T4 T22
PGA Championship T10 CUT CUT T8 T15 1 2