Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q& A; GOLF; JASON DAY; Aussie's Mum Sold the Family Home to Pay for Him to Go to a Golf Academy but the Sacrifice Was Worth It as He's on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q& A; GOLF; JASON DAY; Aussie's Mum Sold the Family Home to Pay for Him to Go to a Golf Academy but the Sacrifice Was Worth It as He's on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

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Your successes must make all those sacrifices worth it, notably your mum selling the family home to pay for you to go to a golf academy...

My mum is very proud of me and I'm so grateful for her support so it's great that all of the hard work and sacrifices are paying off and I can do things for her instead now.

How tough was the Typhoon Haiyan tragedy for you and your family [Day lost eight of his Filipino relatives including his grandmother in the natural disaster last November]? It was a really tough one for our family, especially my mum. It's not something anyone should ever have to go through.

How much have you relished being a parent? Has it even helped your game? Judging by your recent tweets, your son, Dash, looks like he's a budding golfer... Yes, he has got quite a swing already! Being a father is just great. I absolutely love my son and family -- they are my life and always come first. Knowing that I have their unconditional support allows me to relax a lot more out on the course I'd say, so in answer to your question, yes, I'm sure it does help my game.

Jason Day is represented by Wasserman, which manages a number of golfers across both the European and PGA Tours.

You've finished runner-up in three Majors so far. How tough has that been for you? It's good and bad, really. One thing's for sure and that is I have learned a lot and gained a lot of experience from those finishes. I'm getting better and better each year that I'm playing golf on the world stage and finishing runner-up only teaches you how to continue being patient -- something that is key to our game.

Does it feel like you're about to make that breakthrough moment by winning a Major? I don't tend to think about it too much. All I can do is control my preparation process from both a physical and mental stand point. As long as I stick to this routine, then I'm confident that my time will come eventually.

Augusta hosts the first Major of the season. What's it like playing there? Well, it's a really special tournament and a really special week. It's a tournament that I always feel so proud to be a part of. …

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