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New PGA champion Jason Day’s Fort Worth connection

Jason Day, of Australia, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.
Jason Day, of Australia, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. AP

Newly minted PGA Championship winner Jason Day — winning his first major title Sunday — enjoyed his first PGA Tour title at the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship in Irving.

It was almost his home-turf tournament; Day was living in Fort Worth at the time.

The year before he had finished fourth in Fort Worth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club, where he was member.

Day explained in a 2010 interview with the PGA Tour why he and his bride, the former Ellie Harvey (they were married in 2009) moved from Orlando, Fla., to Fort Worth:

“I hurt my back the first year out on the PGA Tour. I wanted to work with some trainers. Bud Martin, my agent, is [Fort Worth resident] Rory Sabbatini’s agent, he referred me to Back 9 Fitness, and they’re out of the Jim McLean’s center [in east Fort Worth] ... . I came over, and I started working with him, at the McLean Center and there is a little community there, and I saw a house, there was an open house, and we went in and had a look, and I think I bought the house the week after that. Then I started living there. We had some friends here as well. We had a more friends than we did in Orlando, I will tell you that much. ... It’s just such a great area. They’ve really taken with me and my wife in really well, so I’m just have thankful for that.”

And on being a member at Colonial:

“This club is just a great club to be a member of. I’ve been here for a couple of years now. I play out here pretty often and I played well last year here. That was really, really fantastic. I had a lot of support.”

Day and his wife moved to Westerville, Ohio, in 2011, which is his wife’s hometown area, with the intention to start a family. Son Dash was born in 2012, and Ellie is expecting the couple’s second child.

The Australia native whose mother was born in the Philippines met his future wife in Ohio when he was an amateur traveling with his mentor, golf coach and caddie, Colin Swanton, who was helping a friend start at golf academy.

From the start-up golf academy in Ohio to a golf center in Fort Worth to PGA Championship title, it’s been a journey for 27-year-old Jason Day.

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