Jason Day (golfer)

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Jason Day
— Golfer —
Jason Day.jpg
Photographed in April 2011
Personal information
Nickname J.D., Jaydee
Born (1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 27)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Forest Lake, Queensland, Australia[1]
Westerville, Ohio, U.S.[2]
Spouse Ellie Harvey (m. 2009)
Children Dash James
Turned professional 2006
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Web.com Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 2011
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 2011, 2013
The Open Championship T4: 2015
PGA Championship T8: 2013

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 where he has been a runner-up on three occasions, with two of these coming consecutively 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 February 2014, Day won his first WGC title, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and rose to world number four, his highest world ranking position to date.

Early life[edit]

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland.[4]

His father, Alvin, was an 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 school at Kooralbyn, this is just a 30-minute drive south of Beaudesert. Kooralbyn International School 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 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.[9]

Amateur career[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[3] Despite not winning a tournament during 2011, Day ended the season ranked 9th on the PGA Tour money list.

Day 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.

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 also tied for the lowest cumulative score in all four majors in 2013, with fellow Aussie Adam Scott at +2.

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.[16]

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.[17] The victory lifted Day back to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking.[18]

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.[19] He would finish 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 playoff. He had a putt on the 72nd hole for birdie to join the playoff but could not convert. However the tie for fourth represented Day's best finish at the Open Championship to date and was the sixth time he had finished in the top 5 of a major without yet winning one.

The following week at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Canada, Day outlasted Bubba Watson and hometown favourite 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.

Personal life[edit]

Day married Ellie Harvey, of Lucas, Ohio, in October 2009.[2] The couple live in Westerville, Ohio. The couple have one son, Dash, born in 2012.[20] The couple are expecting their second child in October 2015.

In November 2013, eight of Day's relatives in the Philippines, including his grandmother, died during Typhoon Haiyan.[21]

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
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

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

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

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 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 3
Totals 0 3 1 6 9 11 20 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2013 Masters – 2015 Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (2010 PGA – 2011 U.S. Open)

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

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

Results timeline[edit]

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
  • 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[edit]



As of the Farmers Insurance Open, 8 February 2015[22]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Jason Day". PGA Australia. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day, enjoys life on PGA Tour". Mansfield News Journal. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Day moves into the worlds top ten for the first time" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jason Day profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Ubalde, Mark Joseph (19 September 2007). "Jason Day: Pinoy-Aussie golfing champ". GMA News. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jason Day will play in Melbourne after typhoon tragedy". BBC Sport. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jason Day — EthniCelebs – Celebrity Ethnicity – What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". Ethnicelebs.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Australia's Premier Junior Golf Facility". 
  9. ^ Colman, Mike Courier-Mail QWeekend, 5/6 April 2008
  10. ^ "Jason Day". Queensland Golf. 
  11. ^ "Amateur Golf Star Jason Day Turns Professional; Joins TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff". 14 July 2006. 
  12. ^ "Day becomes youngest ever to win Tour-sponsored event". PGA Tour. 8 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. 
  13. ^ Jennings, Randy (23 May 2010). "Final hole of Nelson was wet, wild". ESPN. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Day finishes in a tie for second at the 2011 Masters". The 2011 Masters Tournament. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Jason Day finishes second at the 2011 US Open". Drummond Golf. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Jason Day beats Victor Dubuisson in epic final". BBC Sport. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Jason Day wins at Torrey Pines". ESPN. Associated Press. 8 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Week 6: Day Back to World No.4". OWGR. 9 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "U.S. Open toughens as leaderboard jams". ESPN. 20 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Jason Day out of Open Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  21. ^ Passa, Dennis (17 November 2013). "8 Relatives of Golfer Jason Day Die in Typhoon". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  22. ^ Wall, Jonathan (9 February 2015). "Winner's Bag: Jason Day, Farmers Insurance Open". PGA Tour. 

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