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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 159 - PGA Wrap
H IS one positive outlet was golf, a game that allowed Jason to maintain a connection with his late father after Alvin Day introduced him to the sport when the pair found an old 3-wood while offloading rubbish at the local tip. In his malaise, the family set aside all they could to help send an erratic Jason on the right path, one that took him straight to Swatton. The first stop was Kooralbyn International School and later to nearby Hills International College when the former closed. The school north of Beaudesert, just beyond the Gold Coast hinterland, helped pave careers of numerous players of the same era but by far the most durable link was the bond forged between Day and Swatton, who was the school’s golf coach. He saw the talent but also identified the heartache and lack of direction. Day needed not just advice for golf but also advice for life. Fast-forward a decade-and-a-half and it’s no wonder they are more than coach and pupil, more than player and caddie and even more than mentor and mentee – they’re best mates. “The first time I met him, we had the biggest blue ever,” Day told The Age in 2006. “Words were exchanged and left hanging. He wanted me to practise my short game but I wanted to play the par-3 course. “I went off in a huff, but I came back and apologised that afternoon and we’ve never had a fight since. We go everywhere together, pretty much do everything together. He’s my coach but he’s more of a mate than a coach.” It remains one of modern golf’s best partnerships. It was enlightening to listen to their conversations over club selection, wind direction and strategy, which always ended in a level of agreement that sounded more genuine than other players and caddies can. Walking down the last fairway with a three-shot cushion and his ball safely on the shortest grass, Day and Swatton took a moment to consider the roads taken to Whistling Straits. “On the 18th, all I said was, ‘I love you,’” Swatton said. “And he loves me, and we were just a blubbering mess. It was pretty cool.” “He’s been there for me since I was 121⁄2 years old,” Day said in his media conference. “He’s taken me from a kid that was getting in fights at home and getting drunk at 12 and not heading in the right direction, to a major champion. And there’s not many coaches that can say that in many sports. So, he means the world to me. I love him to death.” Day’s golf all northern summer has been extraordinary, overshadowed only by the greatness of Spieth and his dual majors. After a lacklustre Masters, where he finished equal 28th, Day sparked into gear at the US Open. Battling vertigo that caused him to collapse on his last hole in the second round, the Queenslander showed true grit to persevere. That he remained tied for the lead with a round to play is among the more inspiring stories in all of sport this year. “ON THE 18TH, ALL I SAID WAS, ‘I LOVE YOU... AND HE LOVES ME, AND WE WERE JUST A BLUBBERING MESS. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.” - DAY'S CADDIE, COL SWATTON
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