Jason Day, the 24-year-old Aussie, has been on a great, 5-year run since he finished in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour in 2007 and graduated to the PGA Tour. He played a full season in 2008, but didn’t make enough to keep his fully-exempt card and finished back in the pack at Q-School.
In 2009, he only got into 18 events on his 125 to 150 Money List exemption, but he made the most of it earning $1.2 million. The rest, as they say, was history: $2.9 million in 2010 and $4.0 million and a slot on the Presidents Cup team in 2011.
He and his wife, Ellie, bought one of the big motor homes and became a part of the Tour camper brigade, getting featured on the Golf Channel. It was a way to be chronically on the road, but taking a little of home with them wherever they went.
And then the scourge of all professional athletes struck, injury. He injured his left ankle the week before the Masters. It has been a rocky road the rest of the year with missed cuts at The Players, the Memorial and the PGA and just a T59 in the U.S. Open.
And then, and then, he and Ellie had their first baby in July.
This is all pertinent to our conversations here about mastery because of how all of this affected him. As I discussed in Tuesday’s post, “Consciousness: It Really Matters in Aviation,” in order to play golf at the highest level, you have to have a high level of awareness. And the way you know that you do is that you become aware of extraneous thoughts and are able to move beyond them.
This is precisely what’s going on in Day’s life now and Mike McAllister, writing at PGA Tour.com, provides the details in “Day’s focus back on golf, and not a moment too soon.”
It’s a fascinating look at how a Tour pro deals with life’s realities, injury and family issues, and still manages to find a way to play the game. There’s also an accompanying one-minute video.