Jason Day has just withdrawn from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament and in its wake has taken a leave from golf indefinitely. Day is overcome with grief over his mother’s terminal lung cancer diagnosis.
Day spoke to the press after withdrawing from play today, walking off the course after six holes. His mother will be undergoing surgery this Friday and he feels like he needs to be by her side. Dening, Day’s mother, was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year in Australia, with a diagnosis of 12 months to live. After bringing her over to the states, the James Cancer Centre at Ohio State University has given her a bit more hope.
“The diagnosis is much better being over here,” Day revealed through tears. “She’s going in for surgery this Friday, and it’s really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she’s gone through. I’m glad I brought her over here. And it’s been really hard to play golf lately.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Day has had to endure the pain of having a loved one succumb to disease. Jason Day’s father Alvyn passed away from stomach cancer when he was 12-years-old. One can only imagine the fear and grief he is dealing with right now.
When he found out about his mom, he tried to put on a front and continue playing golf — per his mom’s request — but has decided to be by her side in this difficult time.
“It’s been very, very emotional, as you can tell. I’ve already gone through it once with my dad. And I know how it feels. And it’s hard enough to see another one go through it, as well,” Day said.
“Emotionally it’s been wearing on me for a while. And I know my mom says not to let it get to me, but it really has. So I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well, because this has been very, very tough for me.
“So I’m going to do my best and try and be there the best I can for her, because she is the reason that I’m playing golf today.”
Jason Day has always been one for putting family first, and he’s sticking to that motto. With the Masters around the corner, it doesn’t seem like the 10-time PGA Tour winner will be making an appearance. In fact, he probably won’t be making an appearance on any course for quite some time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason Day and his family during this difficult time.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 22, 2017