Jason Day (left) celebrates his 18th birthday with mate Jeffrey Hoy. Both are sporting fake tattoos, which was a party joke.
Jason Day (left) celebrates his 18th birthday with mate Jeffrey Hoy. Both are sporting fake tattoos, which was a party joke. Contributed

Neighbours say Day next big star

IT’S only a matter of time before former Rockhampton junior Jason Day wins one of golf’s majors, his old next door neighbour John Hoy says.

John was up at the crack of dawn yesterday to watch Day’s bid to become the first Australian to win the US Masters at Augusta.

Though Day fell two shots shy, tying for second with fellow Aussie Adam Scott on 12 under, behind South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (14 under), John was still delighted by his former neighbour’s performance.

The 23-year-old golf sensation has come a long way from the promising young player that Hoy used to cart to courses around Central Queensland with his son Jeffrey.

Day and Jeffrey Hoy, the older of the two, formed a close friendship during the years they lived next to each other on Wackford St.

“Jason and Jeff were really close ... they’d play golf together all the time,” John said yesterday.

“The pair of them would come home from school and go out for a hit – that sort of thing.

“He (Jason) was always able to hit the ball straight ...you could see the potential there.”

After a few years at Wackford St Jason moved “around the corner” to Henderson St, North Rockhampton, before going on in his mid-teens to Brisbane, where he attended a golf college.

John said yesterday’s Masters finish was gripping.

“It was brilliant,” he said. “I got pretty excited and rung my lad up afterwards.”

Jeffrey had also been watching the Masters. For the past four mornings he has been up at 4.30am.

Both are convinced Jason is going to be one of the game’s greats.

John said he had established himself as one of the best players on the tour.

Jeffrey said the Masters performance showed his mate would soon be the number one player in the world.

Though Jason and Jeffrey haven’t kept in touch in recent years, he was invited to Day’s wedding in the US last year.



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