Jason Day has been named the recipient of "The Don," an award handed out annually by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame to the most inspiring Aussie in sports.
Day won five times this year on the PGA Tour, including a breakthrough victory at the PGA Championship where he set an all-time major scoring record. He is currently the No. 1-ranked player in the world, having overtaken Jordan Spieth for the top spot this week.
Day was one of 12 nominees for the honor, and he joins countryman Adam Scott (2013) as recent golfers to win the award following maiden major titles. The 27-year-old is currently home in Ohio with his pregnant wife, Ellie, so Day's mother, Dening, accepted the award on his behalf in Melbourne.
"Such a great year as this, to be able to cap it off with The Don award, it goes down in my memory as one of the best years that I've ever had," Day said in a video message. "I'm looking forward to hopefully replicating or improving on years like this, and really trying to represent not only myself but represent golf, and golf in Australia and also the Australian nation around the world the best I possibly can."
The award is named after cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman, the first inductee into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.