Saturday, September 05, 2015

Jason Day:  A rags to riches story

Growing up poor in Queensland, Australia, Jason Day dreamed of someday having money in his pocket. His family wasn't just poor; they lived in poverty. 
He remembers his mother trimming the lawn with scissors when the lawnmower broke because they couldn't afford to get it fixed. He remembers heating a kettle of water for showers because they didn't have a working hot water tank.
He remembered all of these issues, these obstacles, when he finally became a US PGA Tour member. The kid just a few years removed from poverty was now playing for millions of dollars -- and he couldn't stop thinking about it.
"When I turned pro, I had zero dollars to my name," he explained. "So it comes naturally to someone that had no money to focus on the money."
Day said these words Friday afternoon at the Deutsche Bank Championship, on the heels of an opening-round 3-under 68 that put him tied for 11th during a season that has already seen him accrue more than $7.5 million in on-course earnings. 
He's playing for a top prize of $1.485 million this weekend and is already in the lead position for the $10 million bonus which is bestowed upon the eventual FedEx Cup champion.
But he never forgets the way it was for him and his family.



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