Jason Day wins first PGA title in five years as heartbreaking detail emerges
The Australian was in tears after winning the title on Mother's Day.
The golf world has erupted after favourite Jason Day won his first PGA Tour title in more than five years, which also occurred on Mother's Day nearly a year on from his own mother's tragic death. Day took out $2.6 million having won the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament by one stroke in a tight battle with the field.
World No.1 Scottie Scheffler was right behind Day to start play, however, a birdie on the 12th hole after an audacious chip gave him room. He then birdied the 14th and 15th hole to put some room between him and Scheffler in the final stretch.
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Day then arguably saved his best for last. On the final hole, Day produced a stunning chip approach to set him up for a birdie and finish 23-under par. Day fired a brilliant bogey-free final-round nine-under-par 62 to secure a steely one-shot win over Si Woo Kim (63) and American Austin Ekroat (65).
The win marked Day's first title in 1,835 days. The victory marked Day's 13th PGA title and will see the 35-year-old Australian head into the year's second major, the PGA Championship, as one of the favourites. Following the victory, Day rushed over to his family and embraced them.
His wife Ellie - greenside and pregnant with the couple's fifth child - was granted her own priceless Mother's Day gift alongside her husband in a special moment for the pair. And the hallmark day also carried special meaning for the Australian.
Day's win on Mother's Day comes nearly a year after his won mother died of cancer. Day had his mother's birth name - Adenil - on his caddie's bib.
"This was the first one (Mother's Day) kind of without her so to have her on my caddy bib was special," he said after winning the tournament. "And then obviously Ellie, the amount of sacrifices she's made for me and my career, I just can't thank her enough."
Day admitted he was 'in tears' after the final ball was sunk thinking about his mother and her journey.
Golf world erupts over Jason Day's feat on Mother's Day
Day's popularity on the tour is clear with the humble Australian working his way back from horrible injuries that have forced him to reinvent his swing to compete. Day said that all the 'non-stop grinding and non-stop wanting to improve' had finally paid off after five years.
And the golf world was quick to rally behind the Australian after a monumental and well-earned title, which sees him become just the seventh golfer to win the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament twice.
A final round 62, to win his first title in 5 years, on Mothers Day, less than a year after his Mum passed. Golf has a funny way of delivering these storylines. That was awesome from J Day. Welcome back to the winners circle! 🙌🇦🇺
— Flushing It (@flushingitgolf) May 14, 2023
Massive congrats to Jason Day.
First win in 6 years
Especially on Mother's Day, this has gotta be a special win for him
Also heck of a performance from Si Woo, just couldn't stop Day from crushing all day
— Sam Wagman (@swagman95) May 14, 2023
JASON DAY!!!!! The man has been through so much since his last win back in 2018. What a win on Mother’s Day — so happy for the Aussie legend 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/gJ5Z5qNyTi
— Rory McIlroy Tracker (@RMTracker) May 14, 2023
Jason Day wins on mother day’s. Incredible moment for one of the best guys on tour. His mother passed away a year ago. What she did for him to play golf is well documented. This one means a little extra today. @PGATOUR
— The Coach (@TheCoachrules) May 14, 2023
Jason Day winning on Mother’s Day is some real hit-you-in-the-chest level stuff.
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) May 14, 2023
In a huge confidence booster ahead of next week's US PGA Championship, the season's second major in New York, Day finished at 23 under and had only three bogeys for the week.
Fittingly, the 35-year-old ended his barren run at the same tournament where he clinched his maiden PGA Tour win in 2010. But his 13th triumph is even more special and completes Day's tumultuous journey back from heartache and despair.
He was languishing at 175th in the world last September before rebuilding his swing to combat the debilitating back injury that threatened to prematurely end a once-great career. But the 2016 PGA Championship winner's resilience is now paying off, with Day among the hottest players on the planet once more.
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