During 2015 and 16, Jason Day (opens in new tab) was arguably the best golfer on the planet, racking up eight PGA Tour titles and becoming the world number one. It wasn't just the regularity of his wins, but also the quality of them, with victories including the PGA Championship, the Players Championship, one World Golf Championship and two FedEx Cup playoff titles.
The Aussie has struggled over the last few years though, primarily due to a continuous back injury that has seen him withdraw from a number of events. However, one person who has stayed by his side through thick and thin is his wife, Ellie. Get to know her here.
Day (opens in new tab) first met his wife, Ellie, when he was just 17-years-old. She was working as a waitress in a restaurant in Ohio and the pair started dating a year or so later, eventually marrying in 2009. Together, they have four children - a son Dash, a daughter named Lucy and another two sons named Arrow, who arrived in late 2018 and Ozzie, who arrived in 2021.
Ellie has also moved on from her waitressing job, and is president of the Brighter Days Foundation, which has a mission of 'Working to meet basic needs, give hope, and support child-serving organizations in Central Ohio.'
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What do we know about Ellie? Well, she is two years older than her husband and likes to keep a low profile on social media. Currently she has just under 30,000 followers on Instagram, primarily posting pictures of her family. She is also on Twitter, and has the mantra - 'It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice' - in her bio.
She describes herself as a small town Ohio girl (from Lucas, Ohio) who happens to love a guy who is good at golf and is often spotted supporting her husband in various different tournaments.
Away from the course, the Day's (opens in new tab) are also big basketball fans. However, in 2015, Ellie suffered an unfortunate accident when she was hospitalised by basketball player LeBron James.
Attending a Cleveland Cavaliers match, Day's favourite team, James accidently tumbled into the crowd and landed on Ellie. As a result of the fall, she had to leave the arena on a stretcher and was taken to hospital, but luckily suffered no lasting injuries.
After the match, LeBron wished her well on Twitter, tweeting: "Ellie Day I hope you're okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!!" Ellie had no hard feelings - with a friend reporting her message from her hospital bed: "He was just doing his job. Go Cavs.''
LeBron James tweets apology after crashing into Jason Day’s wife, Ellie, last night https://t.co/p4B9xWs3Fi pic.twitter.com/Zd5Q5ucMoNDecember 18, 2015
Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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