McIlroy v Day: The early years
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)