Spirit Alumnus Jason Day had an emotional victory Sunday at the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne. After losing family members in Typhoon Haiyan, Day considered pulling out, which everyone would have understood.
Like the Spirit, the World Cup is a team event, andJason teamed up with Adam Scott to secure this victory.
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1. AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY: Jason Day arrived at Royal Melbourne after losing eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan the week before, and could have been forgiven if he’d pulled out. However, he teamed up with Adam Scott to help Australia win the team title, and in the process secure an emotional individual win.
With his mother Dening looking on, Day returned a final round of 2-under 70 for a 10-under total to defeat Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn by two shots. Scott’s 7-under score gave Australia a 17 under winning score to finish 10 shots ahead of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman of the United States. It is the fifth time Australia has won the World Cup of Golf.
“I found out last week that we lost some family members over in the Philippines and to have my mum here over the weekend, even to have my sisters and my nephew, to be here to be as a family knowing that I can hold them is very special to me,” Day said.
“It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week. But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam and really try and win the World Cup.”
It is Day’s first victory since the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship. He is the first Australian since Brett Ogle in 1992 to finish as leading individual.