Jason Day won his first major championship this weekend in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He finished three strokes clear of second-place Jordan Spieth, and didn’t really give anyone else a chance.
As well as winning his first major title, Jason Day also set a new world record, taken away from Tiger Woods. Day finished the PGA Championship at 20-under-par, a stroke better than Tiger’s best major-winning score. He didn’t even realise he had achieved this feat until he walked off the course.
Here are some interesting things you probably didn’t know about Jason Day.
- Day was so poor when growing up that the first golf club he used was a 3-wood that his dad had salvaged from the local dump. Sadly, his father died when Day was aged 11, resulting in problems during his teenage years.
- Colin Swatton, Day’s long-time coach and caddy, helped him to turn his life around following the death of his father. Swatton encouraged Day to use golf as a way of keeping him out of trouble. “He means the world to me,” Day said. “I love him to death.”
- Day made some waves when he voiced his plan to become the best in the world. “I’m sure I can take [Tiger Woods] down. My goal is to be the No. 1 golfer in the world and I want to chase Tiger.” It looks like Tiger is now chasing Day…
- Prior to his breakthrough win at Whistling Straits this weekend, Day has already had nine top-10 finishes in just 20 major starts, in three of which he was runner-up.
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