Friday, May 13

A Mother's Love and Jason Day

WITH JASON DAY CONTENDING AT the Players Championship, I'm pointing you to a Karen Crouse feature story on Day that published ahead of the Masters in the New York Times. Consider it a belated Mother's Day tale. (No pun intended.)

Jason Day is leading the Players Championship.
(Keith Allison)
Day's background and journey to world No. 1 in golf are astonishing, no matter how many times I read about it. And Crouse is a wonderful sportswriter.

Here's the opening of "Jason Day's Long Rise to No. 1 Began With a Mother's Save":
BRISBANE, Australia — Jason Day’s rise to No. 1 in the world began with a rusted golf club retrieved from a Queensland junkyard. 
His mother worried that if not for golf, Day would end up like his father, Alvyn, whose potential was corroded by alcohol. Alvyn Day’s drinking left a scrap heap for Day, his mother and his sisters to sift through. It would take them years to see the beauty that can sprout from the rubble like a red poppy pointing toward the sun.... 
"With everything that went on, for me and my sisters to come out pretty normal on the other side, I think a lot of that has to do with our mom," Day said. 
From his father, Day, 28, learned to play golf and fear failure. From his mother, he learned how to work as if failure were not an option.

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