Understandably fighting through tears, Jason Day announced his withdrawal from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament on Wednesday after six holes.
Day’s mother, Dening, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in Australia at the beginning of the year. With the diagnosis, also came a devastating prognosis of 12 months to live.
Day withdrew to make sure his mother’s upcoming surgery, which will hopefully turn things around for her, goes smoothly.
“She’s going into surgery this Friday,” said Day. “And it’s really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she’s going through. She had all the tests done in Australia, and the doc said she was terminal and only had 12 months to live. I’m glad I brought her over here because of it. It’s been really hard to play golf lately and this year.”
Following the diagnosis, Day relocated his mother to Ohio where she has been undergoing more tests. Day’s agent, Bud Martin, offered some encouraging news stating that Day’s mother has received a better prognosis from The James Cancer Hospital (Ohio State).
Unfortunately, Day has already experienced one of his parents suffering through a battle with cancer. His father passed away from stomach cancer when he was just 12 years old.
“I’ve already gone through it once with my dad,” said Day. “And I know how it feels. And it’s hard enough to see another one go through it as well so, as of now, I’m going to try and be back there with my mom for surgery and make sure everything goes right with her.”
“It’s been a very, very hard time for me to be even thinking about playing golf. And 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.”
“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.”
Day also made sure to dissolve any speculation that his own health contributed to his withdrawal.
“My back is fine,” he said. “I’m a hundred percent healthy.”
Hopefully the surgery goes well and Jason Day’s mother is able to beat this. As Day himself said, “Family’s first.”
Nothing is more important than that.
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