Jason Day’s wife has her eyes on the prize at this week’s Tour Championship.
Ellie Day, who is expecting her fifth child with the Australian pro golfer in early September, wants Day to stay at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta to pursue the FedEx Cup champion crown, in lieu of traveling home to Ohio.
“She said, ‘You’re not likely to make it back in time if I do go into labor,’” Day said, according to Golf Digest. “We’re having a home birth. She said I may as well just play the tournament and try to win.”
The couple discussed the idea of Day, 35, heading home during the Tour Championship if Ellie went into labor.
“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 said.
“I think if this was my first [child], I’d be a little bit more nervous about it. I’m pretty excited for our family to grow.”
Day did not disclose Ellie’s due date in September.
The former PGA Championship winner didn’t seem too worried as he’s experienced similar situations.
He missed the 2012 Open Championship for the arrival of his first-born son, Dash.
“I think Arrow came two weeks early,” Day said of the couple’s third child, born in 2019.
Day and Ellie share daughter Lucy, born in 2015, and son Oz, born in 2021.
Ellie suffered a miscarriage in November 2017.
She announced her current pregnancy in February, explaining that it was the reason why she had taken a few months away from social media.
“In what can only be explained as a miracle, just trust me on this, baby five is coming this summer,” Ellie wrote on Instagram, including photos of the couple’s four kids and an ultrasound image.
“This was not in our plans at all, but obviously the Lord wanted to show us for the millionth time. He is the one who will establish our steps.
“I am still wrapping my head around it honestly but I am anxious to see who He saw fit to add to our family.”
Ellie is the president of the Brighter Days Foundation, which was founded by the couple, and provides funding and resources to some of central Ohio’s most impactful local nonprofit organizations.
Day and his wife will celebrate their fourteenth anniversary in October — but first, he’s hoping to take home the $18 million prize at this week’s Tour Championship.
“I’ve got to play some of the best golf have ever played and I need a little bit of help, too,” Day said. “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.”
The Aussie is tied for 21st on the adjusted Tour Championship leaderboard.
Day won the Byron Nelson for his 13th PGA Tour title in May and finished tied second with Josef “Sepp” Straka at the Open Championship last month.
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