The U.S. Open had some drama Friday – but not in a good way when PGA TOUR star Jason Day collapsed on the ninth hole at Chambers Bay. He was attended to by medical personnel for what was initially reported as dizziness, but later revealed to be vertigo.
Jason Day didn’t have a very good day Friday when the popular Aussie crashed to the ground on his final hole of the day during the second round of the U.S. Open. Although he was able to get up a few minutes later and finish the hole with a bogey 4, Day was taken by medics off site for further tests.
Day has suffered from vertigo in recent weeks.
Vertigo is no joke. Wish Jason Day the best.
— David Duval (@david59duval) June 19, 2015
The popular Aussie, ranked 10th in the world, at first appeared to slip, but television replays later showed he simply went to the ground as if he had fainted.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth had front row seats to the drama.
“I turned around and he was laying down there,” said Jordan Spieth, who was paired with Day. “I just wanted to turn the cameras away and make sure he got the right treatment … He didn’t say much (in the scorer’s tent), he just signed the card. Justin (Rose) and I were both telling him to get some rest and get some water.”
The incident comes just a few weeks after Day withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson. When asked about that WD this week, Day revealed the medical tests that followed.
“I feel good,” he said. “I had three sleep studies done. I had a lot of blood tests done. I had an MRI on my head and my back—my head and my neck. And everything came back negative. So I have no idea what that was, other than I just may have been exhausted.”
Day’s wife, Ellie, who is pregnant with their second child, was at the course Friday.
“He gave me a heart attack there for a minute,” she said. “I think it’s encouraging that he wanted to finish. He’s like, ‘I don’t care, I’m dizzy, but I’m just going to finish.’
Day left the trailer Friday with assistance and then was taken away in a van. He later was shown on the TV broadcast entering a motor home on the course.
“I was glad we could get done,” playing partner Justin Rose said. “At least he has a chance to recover for tomorrow, hopefully. I don’t know if this is one of those things that is 10 minutes or a day. I don’t know.”
Jason Day has been diagnosed with benign positional vertigo. Condition is being monitored and he's still hopeful to play the weekend rounds.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) June 20, 2015