Tragedy aided Day, more Solheim Cup controversy

Day says father's death kept him on straight and narrow, Sorenstam denies allegations

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015
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 Tragedy opened doors for Day

World number one Jason Day says the death of his father was a catalyst for his success today.

Day, 27, lost his father to stomach cancer at the age of 12, and had began drinking alcohol and getting into street fights.

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"If my dad didn't pass away, I don't think I would have been in a good spot," the Australian told 9News. "When a door closes, another door opens up for that opportunity. And where I was based, I mean it wasn't the greatest place and who knows where I would have been.

Day was sent to boarding school, and admitted he earmarked becoming world number one at the age of 22 when he was a youngster. 

He said: "I'm five years late but it's better late than never, right?"

Vice-captain Sorenstam hurt by allegations

Annika Sorenstam has denied allegations she spoke to players illegally during the Solheim Cup.

Only captains are permitted to talk to players during the biennial clash, and vice-captain Sorenstam maintains she did nothing outside of the rules. 

“Just to clarify, I was wrongly accused of giving advice,” Sorenstam said. “I've known the lesson from Colorado. I know what a vice-captain can do.

"I was extremely hurt. I was insulted, and I addressed it with Juli. So as far as giving advice and what to do, I was put on this team to inspire this team, and that's what I do. I will continue to do that.”

The controversial competition, won 14.5-13.5 by the US, was marred when Europe failed to concede a short putt to the Americans. 

Pettersen should have conceded putt, says teammate

Melissa Reid criticised Solheim Cup teammate Suzann Pettersen for not conceding a putt to Alison Lee in the biennial clash.

Lee picked up an 18-inch putt on the 17th hole in Sunday's delayed fourballs, before Europe took the hole as they had not offered a "gimme".

"It's confusion between both sides and do you do the sporting thing and give a half? In my opinion I think that should have been done, but she (Pettersen) didn't," she said.

"She thought she was doing the right thing for the team. She's gained a lot of criticism which I understand, but Suzann was just blinkered and I think she just completely lost perspective of the bigger picture."

Reid admitted the act motivated the US players, who won all five closing singles matches to win the contest.

$500 reward for finding Berger's ball

Daniel Berger offered the BMW Championship crowd $500 if they could find his ball after he hit a wayward shot off the tee

"I offered the crowd $500 if they could find it," he said. "I don't know, maybe they don't like money. We probably found 20 balls."

The 22-year-old got a birdie with this second ball, carding a bogey six. 

 

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