Golf No. 1: 'Dad's death was an opportunity'

Golf No. 1: 'Dad's death was an opportunity'

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The key, he says, is to recognize and act on the opportunity.

Looking back, Day believes his father’s death ultimately paved the way for his rise to become the No. 1 golfer in the world.

“I really honestly believe things happen for a reason in people’s lives,” the Australian told CNN’s Living Golf show at his Ohio base.

“When I lost my Dad I had an opportunity of going to a golf academy. If I didn’t lose my Dad I wouldn’t have had that opportunity. The life insurance money we got from his passing helped me go to the boarding school, the golf academy.”

Lack of belief

Day grew up in relative poverty with his Philippines-born mum and two sisters in Rockhampton, Queensland, but was already a…



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