Day wins top Aussie gong

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World No 1 golfer Ja­son Day has won Aus­tralian sport’s The Don Award, two months af­ter claim­ing his first ma­jor ti­tle.

The ac­co­lade came in the same week that the Aus­tralian, who won his first ma­jor at the PGA Cham­pi­onship in Au­gust, took golf’s top spot for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer.

Day was hon­oured at the an­nual Sport Aus­tralia Hall of Fame awards on Wed­nes­day night, win­ning the top award, which hon­ours the Aus­tralian sportsper­son who most in­spired the na­tion in the past 12 months.

“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.”

Other nom­i­nees in­cluded surfer Mick Fan­ning, who made global head­lines for punch­ing a shark dur­ing an event in South Africa, track cy­clist Anna Meares and Jar­ryd Hayne, who suc­cess­fully made the switch from rugby league to Amer­ica’s Na­tional Foot­ball League.

The Don Award is named af­ter leg­endary cricketer Don­ald Brad­man.

Ja­son Day

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