Emotions run high for family after Day wins PGA title

Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:20am EDT
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Jason Day was just six years old when his father gave him a gift that would change his life forever.

Alvin Day was rummaging through piles of garbage at a rubbish tip in Australia when he spotted an old golf club that someone had thrown away.

A meatworker struggling to make ends meet, Alvin took the club home and gave it to his son as a present.

Blessed with natural talent, Jason swung the club on every chance he had so his dad took him to the local public course to let him play for real.

By the time he was eight, Jason was playing and winning junior tournaments and dreaming of being a professional. And Alvin was beaming with pride, telling everyone his son would one day be a champion.

That day finally came on Sunday when Day won the PGA championship, one of golf's four major titles, at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

But Alvin never got the chance to see his son become a champion or even grow into a man. He died from stomach cancer when Jason was just 11.

The trauma of losing his father hit Jason hard. He began drinking alcohol at the age of 12 and getting into fights at school. Golf became his salvation.   Continued...

Jason Day poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits, August 16, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports