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Jason Day has too much respect for Wanamker Trophy to drink out of it

The notion of athletes consuming beverages — alcoholic or otherwise — along with foodstuffs and goodness knows what else is nothing new. But first-time major winner Jason Day indicated no such slurping shenanigans will be occurring with his recently procured Wanamaker Trophy courtesy of his career-legitimizing win at Whistling Straits in the PGA Championship.

The fact is, Day says, he reveres the trophy just too much.

“I respect the trophy so much that the trophy that I have with me right now is just going straight into the trophy cabinet just so that I can look at it and think about it every time I go and see it; and know that all that hard work and dedication that I put into it; and all the respect that I have for it; and the respect that I have for the players that are on the trophy, are there,” he said Wednesday, via “To be able to have my name on that, it’s just fantastic, it really is.

“It has not had any sort of liquid in it and I don’t plan to because I just respect the trophy too much to put anything in it.”

As noted, golfers are widely known for using a trophy as a conveyance for beverages. Phil Mickelson once drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the Claret Jug following his triumph in the 2013 Open Championship. The following year, Rory McIlroy enjoyed Jagerbombs out of the same trophy following his victory in 2014. Heck, even Jordan Spieth enjoyed some “adult beverages” out of the Claret Jug and he didn’t even with The Open … Zach Johnson did.
And it’s not limited to the buys, either. Let’s not forget about Michelle Wie’s scandalous celebration that involved the U.S. Women’s Open trophy she won after breaking through in 2014.