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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap
T HE old adage in golf reminds us that if you knock on the door often enough, eventually someone will let you in. For Jason Day, his knuckles were beginning to look decidedly battered and bruised as he kept knocking and knocking, seeing only an unyielding door in front of him. After a series of major-championship near misses, Day at last saw a clear entrance and he jubilantly strolled through, beating the hottest player in the game to win the 2015 US PGA Championship by three strokes. Day made amends at Whistling Straits for close calls at both Open championships and several more in the five seasons beforehand. He stared down Jordan Spieth and his electric putting to vindicate the hard work he and coach/caddie Col Swatton have applied in a nine-year professional career. The tears welling in Day’s eyes as he waited to tap-in the winning putt illustrated not only what a first major title meant for the 27-year-old but also the relief of finally shedding a heavy mental weight, one he’s carried since his first brush with major glory at the same venue five years ago. He is both deserving and fortunate, for golf doesn’t always reward talent with trophies – there are far more intangibles at play. Day’s story is well documented but its appeal endures. His was a hardscrabble upbringing, one made all the more difficult when he lost his father Alvin to cancer while just 12 years old. Day’s mother, Dening, and his two sisters recognised a crossroad in Jason’s life as he turned to alcohol to numb the pain, freely admitting he went ‘off the rails’.
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