Jason Day didn’t have the cushiest childhood.
His family didn’t have much money and Jason says his father was a “violent alcoholic,” but he still pursued his dream of becoming a professional golfer.
It obviously wasn’t easy, but Day made. And he’s now the No. 1 player in the world.
Here’s what you need to know about Jason Day’s parents:
1. His Father Is Australian & Mother Filipino
Day was born to an Australian father, Alvin, and a mother, Dening, from the Philippines.
Dening came to Australia in the early 1980s.
The Days raised Jason, and his sisters Yanna and Kim, in Queensland, Australia.
2. Jason Says His Father Was a ‘Violent Alcoholic’
In November 2015, Day opened up to GOLF magazine telling them in a story his father Alvin was a “violent alcoholic.”
Jason told GOLF:
I remember once shooting a [poor] score, and he goes, ‘You’re going to get it in the parking lot.’ So I get in the car. I’m scared. We drive out of the club, he stops on the side of the road. He just starts whaling on me with both hands, closed-fist punching. I was 11. I had bruises all over me. But I mean, it is what it is.
Alvin introduced Jason to golf when he was just 6 years old.
Alvin would bring Jason to the local Beaudesert Golf Club in Queensland, where the future Tour pro would play a handful of holes per day.
Two years later, the family would move to Rockhampton and that’s when Jason started showing true promise, winning local events.
By the time he was a teen, Jason was one of the best junior golfers on the planet.
3. Alvin Died of Cancer When Jason Was 11
Unfortunately, Alvin died of stomach cancer when Jason was 11 in 1999.
Alvin requested his ashes be spread at Augusta National, the site of the Masters.
Jason planned to honor his father’s wishes, but he told Golf Magazine the club “wouldn’t approve” unless Day was ranked No. 1 in the world.
4. Dening’s Mother & 7 Relatives Died In the Philippine Typhoon In 2013
More tragedy struck the Day family in November 2013 when Dening’s mother and 7 other relatives were killed in the deadly Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the country.
Jason’s grandmother, an uncle and 6 cousins perished in the disaster, which killed over 6,300 people.
Amazingly, Day won the individual title and led Australia to the 2013 World Cup title just weeks later.
5. Dening Sold the Family Home so Jason Could go to a Golf Academy
Growing up, Day’s family was far from wealthy.
In fact, when Jason showed real signs of golfing potential, his mother sold the family home so he could go to an expensive golf academy.
Day’s childhood coach and current caddie, Colin Swatton, took a job at Hills International College and talked Jason into attending.
The move appeared to have paid off as Jason has made over $23 million in earnings on the course.