After winning the Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday, former world number one Jason Day confessed he had pondered retiring from golf.
It was the Australian’s first PGA Tour win since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship and his 13th overall since his debut championship at the 2010 Byron Nelson.
Day has battled illness, injury, and watching his mother’s five-year cancer struggle, which ended last year.
“It was very emotional to go through and experience what she was going through, then I had injuries on top of all that going on in my life,” he said.
I almost quit. I never told my wife that, but I was alright with it because it was a stressful area of my life.”
After celebrating with his wife Ellie, who is expecting their fifth child, on Mother’s Day, the 35-year-old broke down.
Ellie never gave up on me attempting to win again. “She always pushed me to improve,” Day remarked.
Sitting here feels odd. I can’t express it better. To go through what I did and then win again and be in the winner’s circle is really satisfying.”
Day took the lead when he chipped in for a birdie at the 12th hole of the TPC Craig Ranch course and won with a tap-in at the final hole.
“I came into the week after missing last week’s cut, and I was kind of fed up with having to go over like a lot of technical thoughts with my swing,” he told reporters.
“So I decided to go out and try to play golf… I just felt I would win the tournament.”
With the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York this week, the triumph was perfect.
Day won his sole major at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
“After this week,” he said. “There’s a few subtle things that I have to change technically to feel like I can actually come out and dominate and play very consistent golf.”