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April 8, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When injury and illness strike, few athletes have the heart to match their talent. A strapping frame, a powerful swing and deft touch around the greens might be the most modest weapons in Jason Day's arsenal. A childhood marred by abuse and poverty combined to make Day, 28, virtually impervious to injury. His iron will draws comparisons to Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter. Two weeks ago the bulging disc in Day's back flared up. No matter: He still won the WGC Match Play, which earned him the No. 1 world ranking as he enters his sixth Masters.
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June 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
OAKMONT, Pa. - Jason Day loves being the No. 1 golfer in the world. He loves applying the focus and putting in the work that will keep him at No. 1, calling it "my priority as long as my family is happy and healthy. " While he admits it can be stressful holding on to the top spot, especially as he prepares for a test as rigorous as the U.S. Open beginning Thursday at unforgiving Oakmont Country Club, he wouldn't have it any other way. "I've never been more stressed in my life than right now," Day said Tuesday in a candid news conference.
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July 1, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
AT THE 2011 Masters, Australian Jason Day closed with two birdies to finish tied for second, two behind South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes. And two months later he got another second at the U.S. Open, eight in back of runaway winner Rory McIlroy. The previous August, Day had tied for 10th at the PGA Championship in his second major. But that April in Augusta, most people still didn't really know who the then-23-year-old was or what he might have in him. Golf is littered with guys who do something and are mostly never heard from again.
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April 14, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - As the sun approached the western horizon Friday, Jason Day tapped in for par on the 18th hole to cap a grueling day that lasted almost six hours from the first tee to the finish but ended for him with a 1-stroke lead entering Masters weekend. "I'm just very tired," a weary Day said. "This round today was very difficult. It was a big grind out there. " Still the 25-year-old Day, seeking to become the first Australian to win a green jacket, shot the best second round, a 4-under-par 68, for a 6-under 138 at the halfway point that gave him the narrow advantage over 53-year-old Fred Couples and Marc Leishman.
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June 22, 2015 | BY MARCUS HAYES, Daily News Sports Columnist hayesm@phillynews.com
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - You could hear the roars a mile away. First, for excellence; later, for courage. Jason Day thrilled thousands in the crowd at the U.S. Open when he overcame two bad breaks and holed out to make a brilliant birdie on the par-5 No. 1, his 10th hole of the day. A couple of hours later Friday, near the end of the most grueling walk in U.S. Open history, Day collapsed near the green after descending from the tee at...
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June 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
OAKMONT, Pa. - Once upon a time, golf had a "Big Three. " And it was, well, historically significant. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Among them, they won 34 majors. And when "The King" got too old, Lee Trevino assumed the role of third musketeer. He would add six majors, one shy of Arnie. Later, Tom Watson came along and got eight more. Some haul, for an extended era. When Tiger Woods ruled the food chain, his only real rival was chasing the Nicklaus legacy.
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June 17, 2013
SO, HOW'D THEY DO? Prior to the U.S. Open, the Daily News asked various athletic celebrities for their picks. While nobody had winner Justin Rose, give Ryan Howard and Ed Rendell some credit for putting Jason Day in their trifectas and Denise Dillon and Cliff Lee the same for throwing in Phil Mickelson. Day and Mickelson finished tied for second. The majority of respondents went with Tiger Woods, who was the favorite at 4-1. Rory McIlroy, second on the Vegas board at 10-1, was also a popular pick.
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July 29, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jason Day, who's still the world's top-ranked golfer, loves being a husband and a father. It's a huge part of who he is and what he's become. But sometimes, being a family man doesn't always hug him back. Like this week, for instance, when he should have been getting ready to defend his PGA Championship title. Instead he was battling a cold - which he caught from the oldest of his two young children, Dash - that kept him off the Lower Course at historic Baltusrol Golf Club until Wednesday.
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August 11, 2011 | by Mike Kern, kernm@phillynews
What: 93rd PGA Championship When: Today through Sunday Where: Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga. TV: Today and tomorrow: TNT, 1:30-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: TNT, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; CBS, 2-7 ON THE WEB Check out live scoring at: www.philly.com/golf Check out Mike Kern's PGA quiz at: www.philly.com/golfquiz -- Once again, here's a shot at trying to size up some of those usual...
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August 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jason Day wanted to give Jimmy Walker something to think about Sunday at the 18th hole of the PGA Championship and he did, making an eagle at the 18th hole that put the pressure on Walker to make a par there in order to capture his first major championship. Walker did convert the par, however, and celebrated the title, the same one that Day took last year. "I just said, 'Let's just try and finish this off with a bang, try to give him something to think about and just keep pushing forward,' " said Day, who congratulated Walker behind the 18th green.
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July 31, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – If you checked out the 2016 records of contestants in the field at the 98th PGA Championship, Robert Streb would have been considered quite a longshot to tie the lowest 18-hole round ever shot in a major. But anything can happen in golf, and it happened for Streb on a pleasant Friday at Baltusrol Golf Club. He birdied three of his last four holes - including an 18-footer on the par-3 ninth, his final hole - to shoot 63 and become a part of history while tying for the 36-hole lead.
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July 29, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Jason Day, who's still the world's top-ranked golfer, loves being a husband and a father. It's a huge part of who he is and what he's become. But sometimes, being a family man doesn't always hug him back. Like this week, for instance, when he should have been getting ready to defend his PGA Championship title. Instead he was battling a cold - which he caught from the oldest of his two young children, Dash - that kept him off the Lower Course at historic Baltusrol Golf Club until Wednesday.
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July 28, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Now that Sweden's Henrik Stenson has done something Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood still haven't, which is win a major, what's next? After all, it's been nine days since he shot 20-under to beat Phil Mickelson by three shots at Royal Troon in a British Open that was every bit as great as Jack Nicklaus-Tom Watson 39 years ago. If not better. So where does his homeland's newest hero go from here? "I think golf is a game where you're never going to be finished," the 40-year-old Stenson duly noted Tuesday at Baltusrol Golf Club, where the last major of the season begins Thursday morning, two weeks earlier than normal because of golf's return to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century.
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July 1, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
AT THE 2011 Masters, Australian Jason Day closed with two birdies to finish tied for second, two behind South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes. And two months later he got another second at the U.S. Open, eight in back of runaway winner Rory McIlroy. The previous August, Day had tied for 10th at the PGA Championship in his second major. But that April in Augusta, most people still didn't really know who the then-23-year-old was or what he might have in him. Golf is littered with guys who do something and are mostly never heard from again.
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June 20, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
OAKMONT, Pa. - He's the top-ranked player on the planet, having won seven times in his last 18 starts. He was the betting favorite coming into the second major of the season, slightly ahead of defending champion Jordan Spieth, having finished in the top 10 of the last four majors and the top nine of the last three U.S. Opens. In May, he also won the Players Championship, the next best thing to a major. But when reigning PGA champ Jason Day struggled to a 6-over-par 76 in the weather-delayed first round of the national championship at Oakmont Country Club, well, many folks probably figured he could start looking ahead to the British Open, which he almost won last year.
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June 20, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
OAKMONT, Pa. - Chris Crawford was disappointed with his ball-striking at the U.S. Open. Any mistakes he made at Oakmont Country Club were not forgiven. But the fact that the amateur from Bensalem and Drexel shot a pair of 6-over-par 76s to miss the 36-hole cut in his first national championship did not take away from the sheer excitement of being here. "It was just spectacular," Crawford, one of 11 amateurs in the field, said Saturday after finishing his second round shortly before 9 a.m. "From Day 1, I had an awesome time all week being here.
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June 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
OAKMONT, Pa. - Jason Day loves being the No. 1 golfer in the world. He loves applying the focus and putting in the work that will keep him at No. 1, calling it "my priority as long as my family is happy and healthy. " While he admits it can be stressful holding on to the top spot, especially as he prepares for a test as rigorous as the U.S. Open beginning Thursday at unforgiving Oakmont Country Club, he wouldn't have it any other way. "I've never been more stressed in my life than right now," Day said Tuesday in a candid news conference.
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June 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
OAKMONT, Pa. - It figured to be an exciting day Tuesday for Billy Henaghan at Oakmont Country Club. Not only was he going to serve as caddie for Drexel star Chris Crawford in a practice round for the U.S. Open, but one of the players in the group would be Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world. However, excitement turned to concern at the par-3 sixth hole. When Henaghan walked around the edge of a steep greenside bunker to prepare to rake it for his player, he lost his balance and fell into the sand.
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June 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
OAKMONT, Pa. - Once upon a time, golf had a "Big Three. " And it was, well, historically significant. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Among them, they won 34 majors. And when "The King" got too old, Lee Trevino assumed the role of third musketeer. He would add six majors, one shy of Arnie. Later, Tom Watson came along and got eight more. Some haul, for an extended era. When Tiger Woods ruled the food chain, his only real rival was chasing the Nicklaus legacy.
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