On Mother's Day at the Byron Nelson, Emotional Day ends a five-year winless drought.
Jason Day, the former world number one, admitted that he had thought about quitting golf a few years ago after ending his five-year championship drought on Sunday at the Byron Nelson in Texas with a one-stroke triumph.
The victory marked the Australian’s first on the PGA Tour since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship and his 13th overall since capturing his debut championship in 2010, which also took place at the Byron Nelson.
Day has suffered from illness, injuries, and the agony of seeing his mother’s five-year struggle with cancer, which concluded when she passed away last year since he last claimed the championship. “It was very emotional to go through and to experience what she was going through, and then I had injuries on top of all that going on in my life,” he continued.
“I’ll be honest; I was on the verge of giving up. Despite the fact that I kept it a secret from my wife, I was comfortable with it since it was a very stressful time in my life. After celebrating with his wife Ellie, who is pregnant, and securing victory on what was Mother’s Day in the United States, the 35-year-old suddenly broke down in tears.
“Ellie, she never stopped believing that I might return to the winners’ circle. She simply encouraged me to strive for improvement, Day remarked.
Being here makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m at a loss for words to describe it. It is really satisfying to have gone through what I did and then to be able to win again and be in the winners circle.
Day took the lead when he chipped in for a birdie at the TPC Craig Ranch course’s 12th hole, and he finished off the victory by picking up a ninth stroke with a tap-in at the 18th.
After missing the cut the previous week, he admitted to being “a little tired” of having to think about so many technical aspects of his swing.
So I made the decision to simply go out and attempt to play some golf. I simply assumed that I would win the competition for some reason.
The PGA Championship, which will be held at Oak Hill Country Club in New York later this week, could not have come at a better time.
Day won his lone major championship in 2015 at Whistling Straits during the PGA Championship. “After this week, I know that I can win,” he said. To feel like I can genuinely come out and dominate and play very consistently, I need to make a few little technical adjustments.