Jason Day is looking forward to celebrating his Major breakthrough with Australian golf fans, but it will have to wait as the impending birth of his second child has ruled him out of a return this summer.
The world No.3 captured the PGA Championship in record-scoring fashion to finally shake the Major monkey off his back, but rather than party hard all night the committed family man flew right home to Columbus, Ohio, so three-year-old son Dash could get back to his own bed and toys.
Staying true to his family-first motto and with baby number two due in mid November, Day says he will forego the events of the Australian summer to be with wife Ellie at the birth and for the early bonding weeks of the child’s life.
“There is no-one I would want to share this with more than my Australian fans but as I have always said family comes first and golf is second,” Day told AAP.
“It is important for me to be there for the birth of my second child and share these special times with my family.
“I hope the fans can understand and I know the events this year back home will be great and with strong fields and I urge people to get out and see them because who knows, our next major winner could be out there.
“And I can’t wait to get down there in the future and really celebrate with everyone.
“Hopefully I will have a few more victories to toast at that time.”
Day has yet to win one of Australia’s big three events having missed last season due to injury rehab.
But he makes no secret of his desire to eventually have his name on the Australian Open, Australian PGA and Australian Masters trophies.
“A win anywhere is great and obviously I am still coming to terms with the biggest one of my career but I know I want to have my name on the honour roll for all three of Australia’s big events before my career is over.
“It is a who’s who in the game of golf and in recent times the Australian Open particularly has been a springboard for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth to go on to big things.”