Jason Day is credited with being the youngest person, at age 19, to win the Nationwide Tour. He finished fifth on the money list that same season, earning his PGA Tour card. Soon after that, he stated that his goal in golf was to be better than Tiger Woods.
In 2004, Jason won the World Junior Championship and turned professional in 2006. In his rookie PGA Tour season in 2008, Jason finished 136th on the money list. At the end of the 2009 season he was 69th. In 2010, at age 22, the Filipino-Australian golfer had his first major professional victory, the Byron Nelson Championship. He is one of only 15 players aged 22 or younger, and the youngest Australian, to have a win on the PGA Tour. As of May 2010, Jason was ranked 23rd on the money list having earned $1,363,778.
Jason’s father and Tiger Woods were inspirational in his pursuit of a golfing career. Jason’s father, who died of cancer when Jason was 12, got him started in the game, giving him a golf club with a rubber shaft when he was three. Tiger’s contribution was in the form of a book, How Tiger Does It, that Jason borrowed from his roommate while attending a golf academy in Australia.
Dolin Swatton, 41, is Jason’s caddie, coach, best man at his wedding, and father figure. Jason met Swatton at a golf academy when Jason was still dealing with the death of his father. Swatton helped him during a troubled time, getting him to focus on golf and become a disciplined player. Each morning Jason would get up at 5:00 to practice three hours before school. He would also practice three more hours after school.
According to Jason Day, there are three things necessary to make a successful golfer. First, it is important to listen to your coaches. The second thing needed is discipline, and the third is to be goal oriented. Setting realistic goals and then accomplishing those helps a person gain self-confidence.
Next on the top of his list is to win the U.S. Masters. Jason realizes that it is going to be much harder to win a PGA major event than it has been for his previous successes. Also in his top-five is the Australian Open. He admits that when he first started, he wanted to do everything too quickly. He now knows it will be a slow progress, but he is looking forward to a long golfing future in the majors.
Jason, who grew up in Australia, now lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Ellie. When not golfing he goes to the gym, enjoys playing PlayStation, and cheers for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.