According to Forbes, the global golfing industry is valued at a whopping $84 billion and the sport is widely recognised as one of the most popular across different countries. Australian golfer, Jason Day is among the notable players who have helped make the sport quite an interesting game to watch as he sure knows how to showcase his talent.
It took the PGA Tour member just about 5 years from the time he made his professional debut to break into the list of the world’s top ten. Since then, the former World Number 1 has accomplished so much and his success did not come as a surprise since he has put in a lot of effort in grooming his skills from his early years.
Jason Day’s Early Days Before Golf Changed His Life
Jay Day, as fondly called by his fans, was born on November 12, 1987, in Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia. His father, Alvin Day, was of Irish and Australian descent. His mother, Dening Day, was originally from the Philippines but migrated to Australia sometime in the early eighties. Jason’s multi-racial origin makes his ethnicity a very diverse one.
The talented golfer has two siblings – Yanna and Kim. Jason joined his family in relocating to Rockhampton, Central Queensland in the early 1990s. Following the loss of his father to stomach cancer, Dening assumed the full responsibility of raising Jason and his sisters.
The widely acclaimed golfer was enrolled in the prestigious Kooralbyn International School Kooralbyn, Brisbane, Queensland. The school was famous for having its own golf course. Following the closure of the Kooralbyn school, the PGA Tour member was moved to the Hills International College. Interestingly, the school had a golf academy headed by Col Swatton, who happened to be Jason’s coach at his former school.
He Joined His First Golf Club At Age 6
The former World Number 1 picked interest in golf at a tender age. Upon sighting his passion and knack for the sport, his father enrolled him in the Beaudesert Golf as a junior member. Day was only six years old at the time. He started featuring in junior championships in neighbouring districts as a junior amateur golfer. Before he turned 8, he had started winning some minor championships and competitions.
Tiger Woods is reported to have been the Australian golfer’s major inspiration while growing up. He sought for and studied many published books of Wood’s achievements. Day set these achievements and impressive scores as a workable benchmark to help improve his game. As an amateur player, he began showing potential and talent by winning the 2000 Australian Masters junior event. He also won the Adina Watches Junior Tournament. More so, Jason won the Australian Junior Order of Merit twice during this period and led the amateur chart at the Queensland Open. In 2004, Day emerged as the overall winner of the Australian Boys’ Amateur championship.
Jason’s fame spread beyond his country down to the United States as he clinched the top prize in the boys 15-17 division at the 2004 edition of Callaway World Junior Championships in San Diego, California. The following year, he finished as runner-up at the Porter Cup held in Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, New York. Shortly after that, he was named into the Golf Australia National Squad as an amateur golfer.
Jason Day’s Professional Breakthrough and Other Milestones
The golfer earned his professional break in July 2006 when he won the prestigious Green Jacket at the NEC Master of the Amateurs. The victory led to him signing a professional contract with Adidas and TaylorMade. Through sponsors’ exemptions, Jason started playing at PGA Tour events. His eleventh place finish at the Reno-Tahoe Open saw him make the cut into the PGA Tour qualifying.
However, following a poor display at the qualifying finals, the golf star failed to pick up his 2007 PGA Tour card but he was permitted to feature at the 2007 Nationwide Tour, having been granted conditional status. Fortune smiled on him in July 2007 when he won the Legend Financial Group Classic. The victory was Jason’s premier Nationwide Tour event win and he was listed as the youngest man to win that PGA tournament at the time.
In May 2010, Day won the HP Bryon Nelson Championship, making him once again the youngest PGA Tour event winner of Australian descent. Day’s maiden appearance in a U.S Open came in June 2011. He participated in the U.S Open Masters, finishing behind eventual winner, Rory Mcllroy. Following his stand-out performances, the Australian golfer moved into the top 10 on the World Golf Rankings.
Jason won his first major championship in February 2015 by winning the Farmers Insurance Open tournament. He went on to win the RBC Canadian Open in that same year. At the 2015 PGA Championships, Day also produced a superb performance, shooting rounds of 68, 67, 66 and 67 to beat then World Number 1, Jordan Speith. The top golfer became the first golfer ever in the history of the sports to finish a major at 20-under-par.
Day became the world’s best golfer on September 20, 2015, after winning the BMW Championships. However, his reign was short-lived as he was displaced by Jordan Speith shortly after as he won the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship that year. The next year, Jason overtook Speith again after winning the WGC-Dell Match Play. Jason also won the 2016 edition of the Players Championships.
In 2018, after a trophy-less-18-month-spell, Day won for a third time the Farmers Insurance Open. He is also notable as a recipient of many prestigious awards and honours, including the Mark H. McCormack Award, Greg Norman Medal and The Don Awards.
How Much Is The Golfer Worth?
Day has achieved both professional and financial success as a golfer. The Australian sportsman’s wealth is estimated to be worth around $40 million. His wealth stems from a variety of sources but a significant part of this figure is derived from his earnings from PGA Tour events and championships. Jason Day also earns a considerable sum from endorsement deals with major brands like Nike and Swing Oil.
Who Is Jason Day’s Wife?
Jason Day is happily married to Ellie Harvey, a beautician who hails from Ohio, the USA. Ellie started out her business venture in 2004 and has since grown it into a profitable enterprise. Prior to making it big as a beautician, she supported herself by working as a waitress. It was during this time that she met the award-winning golfer.
The couple tied the nuptial knot sometime in 2009 in the presence of friends and family. The duo welcomed their first child, a son named Dash James Day, in 2012. On December 17, 2015, their daughter, Lucy Adenil Day, was born. The pair welcomed their third child, Arrow Joseph Day, sometime in 2018. The family of five currently reside in Westerville, Ohio.