My husband, the TOUR pro: Jason DayJason and Ellie Day will celebrate their four-year wedding anniversary at the 2013 Presidents Cup.October 01, 2013
Nobody knows the PGA TOUR pros better than their wives. PGATOUR.COM asked several TOUR wives to provide 18 things we should know about their husbands. This installment was written by Ellie Day, wife of Jason Day.
By Ellie Day, Special to PGATOUR.COM
HOW WE MET: Jason and I met in 2005. I was going to the Paul Mitchell School to do hair, and he was a 17-year-old amateur golfer. I worked at a restaurant called Mavis Winkle's Irish Pub every night, and a regular customer there happened to know Colin Swatton, Jason's coach/caddie. Col and Jason would stop in with him while traveling to amateur events or practicing in the area.
For the first year I saw him come and go and he never talked to me. One day I got a random text saying, "Hey, this is Jason from Australia. Do you remember me?" I truly thought somebody was playing a trick on me. We texted for a year, and when he came to Cleveland for the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com Tour) event in 2007 we coincidentally ran into one another at a mutual friend's graduation party. Jason asked me out that night.
I watched him play that weekend and he won. That was my introduction to golf, and I had no Internet or TV so I really had no idea what that meant. We went on our first date the next week in Dublin, where he was for the next tournament. Six months after our first date, I quit my jobs and moved in with him and began traveling on the PGA TOUR. Now, it has been eight years since we first met, we have spent six years on TOUR, have a 15-month-old little boy, and we are celebrating our four-year wedding anniversary at The Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio. It's funny how things turn out.
18 things about Jason Day He's a good dancer. So when we first started dating I took him to the Dusty Armadillo, where I line-danced every week. Shockingly, he hated it and felt super out of place. (Maybe it was the big 'X' on his under-21 hand.)
He is really good at negotiating deals. He absolutely loves it, which is great because I hate it. He has an ear for music. I play piano and read music; he goes on YouTube, finds songs and figures out how to play them. It amazes me. He won't watch talent shows because he hates seeing people get embarrassed. He likes to give to people in need but doesn't want the credit for it. He cannot cook. When we first started dating, he offered to "cook" dinner twice. Once it was pre-made pasta, with chopped-up bacon and heavy cream poured on top. The next it was a freezer-burnt pork chop thrown in a pan then topped with ketchup. Hilarious. When I made him dinner the first time, I knew he wanted to marry me. He loves really old music, like Frank Sinatra. It reminds him of his mum. He is awful at surprises. He can't keep a secret to save his life. He wasn't very into American sports when we first got together but now he loves them all. He has most recently gotten into hockey because he has buddies that play for the Columbus Blue Jackets. I am 100 percent sure that if he weren't a professional golfer he would be in the military. He is extremely athletic. He picks things up so easily -- except basketball. He's pretty bad at that. He loves to shoot guns. I've come home more than once to clay pots lined up on our lot where he and his friend have been shooting or using slingshots. His latest purchase is a compound bow. When we're on the road he would prefer to come home from the course and do absolutely nothing -- but when we're at home or even on vacation he has the hardest time sitting still and relaxing! Before we were even married he always talked about wanting kids. Now we have sweet Dash and they are crazy about each other. He loves dogs, especially our Lola and Charlie. He can't bear going into PetSmart on adoption day and makes me change the channel when the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) ads come on TV. He is really good at Ping-Pong. He's sneaky good at drawing. He would probably be extremely modest about this if you asked.