World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play defending champion Jason Day withdrew from the event six holes into his first match.
But it was not the reason you might first think, as this was not a physical ailment, but a very personal reason.
Day held a tearful press conference following his WD and told the world that his mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He recently moved her from Australia and after some tests at Ohio State University Medical Center near his home in Columbus, she is scheduled to undergo surgery this Friday.
“She’s going into surgery this Friday and it’s hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she is going through,” Day said. “It’s been very emotional as you can tell. I’ve already gone through it once with my dad and I know how it feels.”
Day’s only pauses during the press conference were to wipe away tears.
“So as of now, I am going to try and be back there with my mom and make sure everything goes right with her,” Day continued. “I just need some time away with her to make sure everything goes well…She is the reason I am playing golf today and family is first.”
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Day conceded his match with Pat Perez today following a double bogey to go 3-down after six holes. He was scheduled to play Lee Westwood tomorrow and Marc Leishman on Friday. Both of those players will have the day off and be awarded a point for the win.