McIl­roy v Day: The early years

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ALL golfers watched spell­bound as Rory McIl­roy crushed the field in his dra­matic vic­tory in the US Open at Con­gres­sional GC. Aus­tralian Ja­son Day was one of the few to show some fight com­ing sec­ond in this most pres­ti­gious of tour­na­ments. How­ever, few know that back in 2005 they com­peted against each other in The Dunes’ Medal down on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula.

The Dunes’ Medal is a 72-hole stroke event played an­nu­ally in early De­cem­ber each year. The event at­tracts Aus­tralia’s best am­a­teurs and is also one of the 7 tour­na­ments used to se­lect Aus­tralian ama­teur teams.

Back to 2005, play­ing against each other for the first time Ja­son Day won the tour­na­ment shoot­ing 276 – 12 un­der. Rory fin­ished a dis­tant sev­enth, 8 shots be­hind Ja­son. Clearly they were very classy golfers even back then as 16 (McIl­roy) and 17 (Day) year-olds.

A young Ja­son Day shows off the hard­ware (with ladies cham­pion Emma Bennett)

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