Monday, November 28, 2011

Day to Make Unusual Request of Augusta Chiefs

Australian golfer, Jason Day, is to make a unusual request of the organising committee at the Masters Tournament, in April, next year; to spread some of his father's ashes on the green at the Augusta National Golf Club.

The plan, which was made prior to Day's appearance in this year's  Masters, but went unfulfilled due to the location of the ashes, at the Day's home in Brisbane, was made public by Jason's sister, Kim.

Day owes much of his prowess on the green to his father, Alvyn, who enrolled the then-six-year-old at the Beaudesert Golf Club in Queensland, Australia.

Alvyn would die of stomach cancer one year before Day won his first major tournament, the Australian Masters, at the age of thirteen. The man's last request was that his son "sprinkle a little bit" of his ashes on the Georgia-based green.

Speaking about the undertaking, Day said: "It's a plan, but obviously if I don't get clearance from Augusta, I am not going to do it". The golfer added that he thought it "very unlikely" that he would get permission, due to the strict rules at Augusta.

Perhaps the biggest concern of the people behind the golf club is that allowing Day to honour his father's last request would set a precedent for others to ask for similar permissions, given the acclaim of the venue. People tracking the best US Masters betting will know how seriously the rules and regulations are taken.

Day will reportedly be joined in Augusta, next year, by his surviving family members and his spouse, Ellie Harvey.

The youngster is currently playing in the Coca-Cola-sponsored PGA of Australia. He is tied for thirteenth, with five other Australians, including Adam Scott, at the end of the third round. Kim Kyung-tae, of South Korea, holds the lead, with a score of thirteen under par.

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