With the start of the Masters under two weeks away, Jason Day is officially probable to tee it up in the season’s first major.
Speaking with reporters via a conference call for the Zurich Classic, Day said he plans to head to Augusta, Georgia, on Friday to start his preparations. He indicated, however, that his status is contingent on his mother’s recovery from lung cancer surgery and continued prognosis.
Reportedly, the family is awaiting test results to determine if the cancer has spread to his mother’s lymph nodes, which would obviously represent a worsening of her condition.
While his mother has encouraged him to try to focus on golf, Day admitted he is having trouble doing so.
Jason Day withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play during his Thursday match with Pat Perez. He told reporters his mother had been given 12 months to live by doctors in Australia. However, he brought her to the U.S. for a second opinion.
“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.”
Following his mother’s successful surgery March 24, Day had this to say, per PGATour.com’s Ben Everill.
— Ben Everill (@BEverillPGATOUR) March 24, 2017
The Australian has teed it up at Augusta National six times. Interestingly, his best finish came in his first attempt: a tie for second in 2011. He tied for 10th last year.
Since tying for fifth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Jason Day has struggled. He tied for 64th at the Genesis Open, then pulled out of the WGC-Mexico Championship. Day tied for 23rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational before the withdrawal at the Match Play. He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since The Players Championship in May of last year.
His wife, Ellie, posted this touching family photo on Instagram. Certainly, we wish the Day family the best.
My family. ❤️ Thankful for all the prayers and support, guys. I knew it would come out when the time was right and although it sucks to WD, this is the right thing to do. Thanks for loving us and lifting us up. Now that it’s “out” , my dear husband and mama D could use all the extra prayers. Forgive me for not getting back to all your kind texts and calls and posts. It really does mean a lot to us. #believingforthebest #mamaDisTOUGH #godisgoodallthetime #foriknowtheplansihaveforyou #teamDay #screwcancer 📷@mandyleighphotography