Date: January 23, 2007
Author: Sportal

Day to start on Nationwide Tour

Australian Jason Day will begin the year as the youngest player on the Nationwide Tour when the first tournament gets underway in Panama City on Thursday. The 19-year-old turned pro in 2006 after winning the green jacket at the Masters of the Amateurs tournament and made the cut in five of his first six PGA events. During his amateur career, Day was twice awarded the Australian Junior Order of Merit and finished as the leading amateur during the 2005 Australian Open and Australian Masters. After advancing to qualifying school for the 2007 PGA Tour, he failed to earn his tour card, shooting 15 shots above the cut-off score. Day&aposs only consolation was that he qualified for full status on the Nationwide Tour which will feature 32 events throughout the year. The young golfer will be aiming to consolidate his form during his second year as a professional and one-day he hopes to emulate the success of good friend Adam Scott. The Nationwide Tour is seen as a perfect platform for golfers to hone their skills and progress onto the PGA Tour in years to come. Two of the opening PGA tournaments of the year have been won by former Nationwide Tour members with Paul Goydos claiming the Sony Open and Charley Hoffman winning the Bob Hope Classic.