Photo: Jason Day speaks at PGA Champions Dinner on Tuesday night. Photo: Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY — Mark Kuhns is all about Jason Day, the reigning champion of the PGA Championship, winning the tournament again on Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course. Last year, Day won the PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, to earn his first major title.
“I would love to see Jason Day win this event,” says Kuhns, Baltusrol’s director of grounds.
On Thursday, Day put himself in a good position to do so. He shot a 2-under par 68 and trails leader Jimmy Walker by three shots going into today’s second round.
Some might say Kuhns should root for an American to win a tournament on American soil. But Kuhns likes Day, an Australian who lives in Columbus, Ohio, for several reasons, not just because he’s one of the best players in the universe.
“I admire Jason because he’s a real gentleman,” Kuhns says. “I think Jason represents the professional ranks in the most professional manner I’ve seen in a long time.”
Kuhns, a family man who celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife Janet next month, also admires Day for his dedication to his wife and two children.
“He has his priorities straight in life,” Kuhns says. “His family and children mean more than anything else to him.”
Day is a humble sort, who doesn’t seem to take things for granted, like the PGA Champion’s Dinner he hosted Tuesday night at Baltusrol.
“It was very unique because, obviously, it was my first time,” Day says. “Those things are very special. Some of those memories that you get from those dinners are something that you can hold on to for the rest of your life.”