At time of writing (April 2016) the current world number one golfer according to PGA rankings, Jason Day has continued his reliable forms throughout 2016 as he builds up towards the forthcoming summer open championships. Originally hailing from Beaudesert, Queensland, yet having conducted much of his early golfing education across the USA, he is noted for a bold and uncannily consistent playing style that makes him one of the most popular currently featuring on the tour. Here we'll take a look at the career of Jason Day so far, and try and pinpoint exactly what it is that has helped him write his name in the golfing history books as such a comparatively young age.
Playing Style & Career Development
It should come as no surprise given his meticulous and powerful playing style that Jason Day attributes this and indeed his overall interest in making golf his career to reading an early book about Tiger Woods. The dedication that Woods placed into training and practicing around the clock - often three or even four sessions a day - was picked up by the young Day, and used as a guideline for how he could best emulate Woods' development.
Like many players who go onto achieve greatness on the golf course, Jason Day was identified as a protege from a young age, dominating the youth game both in Australia and the United States. Earning his PGA Tour Card in 2008, he was still raw around the edges when competing for the major events but this learning curve proved to ultimately be short lived.
Major Achievements & Personal Records
While picking up more than his fair share of junior and lesser significant victories, it's the Major's which always need to be the benchmark when measuring the ultimate quality of a golfer. The casino style nature of the major tournaments, where weather, form and a myriad of other aspects can make or break a player within a moment's notice always requires a steely nerve and a calm disposition. Jason Day has an excellent competitive record - especially at the US Open where he has finished in the top four during three of his five appearances to date.
However it has to be the 2015 victory of the PGA Championship that accounts as his greatest personal victory to date. Endearing himself to the watching millions through a dramatic first couple of rounds, Day regained his trademark consistency and accuracy to storm to victory during the final round of the tournament, eventually winning by two strokes at the end of a great and spirited campaign.
In no small this historic victory significantly raised his public profile, as Day added a number of personal achievements and awards to his resume, including The Don Award via the Australia Hall of Fame as well as the 2015 Queensland Sports Star of th Year.
Personal Life & Future Targets
Having already won in excess of $30m in tournament prize money, alongside a number of lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals, the future in extremely bright for Jason Day. Should his career remain on trajectory there's no reason why he cannot continue to be a regular on the Tour for decades to come.
Day and his young family currently reside in Ohio, USA.