Known as the best Australian golfer on the PGA Tour, world #3 Jason Day takes considerable pride in those Aussie roots. However, he has plenty of love for the U.S.A. as well, in particular, the state of Ohio, which Day refers to as his “adopted home state.”
A resident of Westerville, a Columbus (OH) suburb, Day looks to get especially connected with the locals this week when he plays The Memorial Tournament, held in nearby Dublin. He is even taking it a step further by wearing golf shoes that support the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, who are defending their NBA title in game 1 of the finals tonight.
- Day’s wife, Ellie, and her family are from the Columbus, Ohio area. Day has embraced the area as his U.S. home, and is likely to have considerable crowd support at The Memorial this week.
- Day posted a picture to his instagram account on Wednesday, showing off a pair of Cleveland Cavalier-themed golf shoes that he plans to wear for The Memorial this week, something this is sure to go over great with the Ohio crowd. In that post, he refers to Ohio as his “adopted home state”. In that post, he goes on to write, “Let’s bring home the Championship @Cavs”.
- Day has been connected with the Cavaliers before: last year he made news when he and his wife were sitting courtside at a Cavaliers game, and Cavs superstar forward LeBron James accidently ran into the crowd and knocked over Day’s wife.
- Day has had a mostly disappointing 2017 season, although, a runner-up finish in his last event, the Byron Nelson Classic. He has not won on Tour since his 2016 PLAYERS Championship over one year ago.
- Day has not played well at Muirfield Village in the past, with a high finish of just T27 in eight Memorial attempts.
- At The Memorial, Day expressed a desire to reshape his body, noting that he has lost 15-20 pounds since last year, which he believes is making him “top-heavy” and is especially hurting his driving.
“I’m looking forward to coming out here and trying to change the way I usually play around here,” he said. “This has always been one of the tougher stops for me. Not so much the golf course, itself, but I think it’s a little bit of a hectic week when you’re in town and you only live 25 minutes away. I’m interested to see how things go.”