Jason Day: 22 Things You Didn't Know About Former World No.1

Get to know the life and career of former World No.1 and Major champion Jason Day a little better

Jason Day smiles wearing a green Malbon sweater ahead of the 2024 Masters
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Jason Day has more than made his mark in the world of golf, with the Australian reaching the World No.1 spot in September 2015 during a stunning stretch of play.

He won eight times from 2015-2016 including his maiden Major title at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and the 2016 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

How well do you know Jason Day? Get to know his life and career better with these facts:

Jason Day facts:

1. He was introduced to the game by his father who sadly passed away when Jason was just 12 years old.

2. His coach and former caddie, Colin Swatton, persuaded him to attend golf college in Australia, where Day read and was inspired by a Tiger Woods book and used Woods' achievements by age to measure his own progress.

3. He has a street named after him in his hometown of Beaudesert, Australia (south of Brisbane). They named it 'Jason Day Drive' after his 2015 season.

4. His 2015 season was the best of his career, reaching the World No.1 spot, winning his maiden Major at the PGA Championship and four other PGA Tour titles.

Jason Day holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2015 PGA Championship

Day shot a record 20-under-par to win the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

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5. Also, in 2015, he won the Don Award by Sport Australia Hall of Fame and was the inaugural recipient of the Greg Norman Medal. He also won the Queensland Sports Star of the Year award and won the Greg Norman Medal again in 2016

6. His mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and given just 12 months to live in early 2017. She had the cancerous mass removed from her lung but, in March 2022, she sadly passed away.

7. His PGA Tour career earnings are around $60m.

8. He lives just outside of Columbus, Ohio.

9. He turned professional in 2006 after winning the Australian Amateur Stroke Play, Master of the Amateurs and Queensland Amateur

10. He married his now-wife Ellie Day in 2009. They have five children together.

Jason and Ellie Day and two of their children pose with a trophy

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11. His father was of Irish-Australian descent and his mother was of Filipino descent.

12. Eight of his Filipino relatives, including his grandmother, died in Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

13. His birthday is on November 12th.

14. He has won 18 times as a pro including one Major, 13 PGA Tour victories and two WGCs.

15. He has spent 51 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

16. As well as 13 PGA Tour victories, he also has 11 runners-up finishes.

17. He has struggled with back injuries since his peak in 2015-2016, revealing in 2022 that he considered quitting golf.

18. He and Ellie started 'The Brighter Days Foundation' to help their local community. The charity "provides funding and resources to some of central Ohio’s most impactful organizations."

19. He signed with apparel brand Malbon Golf at the start of 2024 after previously being a Nike staffer. 

20. He won the Greg Norman Medal in 2015 and 2016, which is awarded to the best Australian golfer of the year.

21. He wears Payntr Golf shoes after acquiring an equity stake in the footwear brand.

22. Jason Day's caddie is Luke Reardon, who was his high school roommate.

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Jason Day Bio
Full nameJason Anthony Day
BornNovember 12 1987, Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
ResidesColumbus, Ohio
Turned pro2006
Current tourPGA Tour
PGA Tour wins13
Career-high world ranking1st
Major wins1 (2015 PGA Championship)

Jason Day PGA Tour wins:

  • 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship
  • 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
  • 2015 Farmers Insurance Open
  • 2015 RBC Canadian Open
  • 2015 PGA Championship
  • 2015 The Barclays
  • 2015 BMW Championship
  • 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play
  • 2016 The Players Championship
  • 2018 Farmers Insurance Open
  • 2018 Wells Fargo Championship
  • 2023 AT&T Byron Nelson

Jason Day sponsors

  • Malbon Golf
  • Bridgestone Golf
  • DeWalt
  • Payntr
  • Motive

Jason Day career earnings

Jason Day has earnings of $60m on the PGA Tour throughout his career and has had endorsement deals with brands like TaylorMade, adidas and Nike during spells as a pro.

He was 69th in Forbes' Highest Paid Athletes list in 2016, earning $23.6m in that year alone, which took into account his on-course and off-course earnings.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV