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Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

At least that was the case until the safe arrival of his beautiful new daughter Lucy.

The smitten Queensland golfer and American wife Ellie posted these adorable first pictures of their healthy baby girl, with Ellie writing, “Baby photo blast. Lucy girl is 2.5 weeks and getting chunky as ever. So much to be thankful for.”

Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

Big brother Dash, 3, is also clearly head-over-heels for his smiling sister, cradling her like she’s the most precious gift in the world.

Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

Although he’s now one of Australia’s richest sports stars, Jason, 28, makes no secret of the fact that family always comes first.

The recent world number one reluctantly missed playing in the rich Australian Open in Sydney in November so he could be by wife Ellie’s side for the delivery in his adopted US state of Ohio.

Jason is determined to be the loving dad he never had growing up.

Earlier this year he spoke candidly for the first time about his troubled upbringing and his many altercations with his late father Alvin Day who he says was a “violent alcoholic”.

“I remember once shooting a (poor) score, and he goes, ‘You’re going to get it in the parking lot’,” Jason told a golf magazine.

Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

“So I get in the car. I’m scared. We drive out of the club, he stops on the side of the road. He just starts whaling on me with both hands, closed-fist punching. I was 11. I had bruises all over me.”

While he credits him for introducing him to the sport, Jason is also adamant that had his father not died of stomach cancer in his youth, he would not have become the star he is.

His death triggered a chain of events that set him on the path of becoming the world number one.

After going off the rails, fighting and drinking in the streets as a pre-teen, his mother Dening shipped Jason off to Kooralbyn International School with its golf academy in a last-ditch desperate move.

She had to work multiple jobs and borrow money to pay her son’s way.

“For my mum to sacrifice and my sisters to sacrifice for me, so I could get away to a golf academy and work hard, it’s something I’ll always be grateful for.”

There he met current coach and caddie Colin Swatton, who became the father figure that Jason craved.

Aussie Golf Star Jason Day Welcomes Adorable Baby Girl

Together they forged a path that this year netted over $US9 million ($A12.40 million) in prizemoney, five US PGA Tour victories including the major and a stint at world No.1.

“I was so scared of playing bad golf because I would get a hiding but I guess that’s what made me play so well,” said Jason.

“But then to have a loving person such as Col, and have him raise me from 12, his influence has been immeasurable. I owe him more than I could put into words.”

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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