Last week, Jason Day revealed heartbreaking news that his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer at the start of the year. Day opened up about the difficult time for his family as he withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship.
Understandably so, his status for The Masters is to be determined.
Day’s mother, Dening Day, underwent surgery in Ohio last Friday, and he is waiting for an update on her health before deciding whether to play at Augusta next week.
“Obviously, I’m still nervous because we’re still waiting to see … if it has spread or not,” Day told the Associated Press via conference call on Monday. “From there, we have to kind of come up with a game plan whether to go chemo — a form of chemo radiation — or something else.”
Fortunately, Day indicated that his mother’s doctors ruled the surgery a success as his family waits to see what the updated prognosis will be.
Golf has been the last thing on Day’s mind to say the least.
“My mom told me not to worry about it,” Day said. “It’s hard to do that. It’s easy to say … but it’s really, really difficult. So currently I’m scheduled to play Augusta … but if things don’t come back the way we want them, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Day added, “It’s very, very difficult to even think about playing golf when a loved one is going through such a traumatic experience. Once I get past this initial stage, hopefully I’ll find some balance and I’ll be able to kind of move on and really focus on getting my game back.”
In the face of this incredibly difficult time, whether Day plays in The Masters pales in comparison to his mom’s health. Hopefully the prognosis will be positive and encouraging.