Aussie golf star Jason Day will compete in the upcoming PGA Tour Championship finale – with the blessing of his pregnant wife.
Ellie Day, who is expecting the couple’s fifth child in early September, wants her husband to remain at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta this weekend if she goes into labour instead of returning home to Ohio.
‘She said, ‘You’re not likely to make it back in time if I do go into labour’,’ Day told Golf Digest.
‘We are having a home birth. She said I may as well just play the tournament and try to win.’
The Queenslander, 35, missed the 2012 Open Championship due to the arrival of his first-born son, Dash.
Aussie golf star Jason Day will compete in the upcoming PGA Tour Championship finale in Atlanta – with the blessing of his pregnant wife
Former world number one Day already has four children with wife Ellie (pictured)
‘I’m just hoping that Ellie holds out another week or two weeks and I can be there and spend some time with my family,’ Day, who finished joint-second in the recent British Open at Hoylake, said.
‘I think if this was my first [child], I’d be a little bit more nervous about it. I’m also pretty excited for our family to grow.’
Day may have his work cut out collecting the winner’s prize money of $28million.
Under the FedEx Cup finale scoring system, Day, a 13-time PGA Tour winner who ended a five-year drought in May by capturing first place at the Byron Nelson, will start nine shots behind Scottie Scheffler heading into action in Atlanta.
‘I’ve got to play some of the best golf I have ever played and I need a little bit of help, too,’ he conceded.
The loved-up couple will also celebrate their 14th anniversary together in October
‘It’s nice in a sense that at nine shots back, you can just go out and play and not have to worry about being around the lead.
‘I’m hoping to rekindle some of that form and iron play from earlier this year and continue to drive it well.’
Day also won’t be the first high profile Australian athlete to miss the birth of their child.
Parramatta Eels halfback Mitchell Moses saw his daughter born on FaceTime last September as he was away in Townsville preparing for a NRL preliminary final.
Moses later admitted his partner Bri Gardoni ‘was a little filthy’ at the time – but ‘she understood’ as she’s ‘supported me through everything.’
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