Mas­ters for Day de­pends on mother’s prog­no­sis

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AVON­DALE: PGA Tour star Ja­son Day ex­pects to travel to Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia on Fri­day to start prac­tis­ing for the Mas­ters, but said he could still pull out of the sea­son’s first ma­jor, de­pend­ing on his mother’s prog­no­sis fol­low­ing surgery for lung can­cer last week.

“Ob­vi­ously, I’m still ner­vous be­cause we’re still wait­ing to see ... if it has spread or not,” said Day, who spoke Mon­day by video con­fer­ence set up by or­gan­is­ers of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Clas­sic in late April. “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.

“It’s still kind of a bit of an emo­tional time for me,” added Day, whose fa­ther died of can­cer when he was 12. “Ob­vi­ously, I’ve been hang­ing out with my mom a bit and see­ing her and she’s re­cov­er­ing well. She’s a tough lady, but it’s hard be­cause I look at her and she’s on the pain killers and all that stuff, what she needs to do to re­cover.

“But I can’t help but think of my dad when I see her in that sit­u­a­tion be­cause when they go through such a trau­matic surgery like that it just can be tough.”

Day re­vealed that his mother, Den­ing, has can­cer af­ter with­draw­ing from the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Match Play in Austin, Texas, last Wed­nes­day. Day has said the ini­tial di­ag­no­sis came in Aus­tralia at the be­gin­ning of this year and that she had sched­uled surgery in Colum­bus, Ohio, late last week.

Day said Mon­day that doc­tors deemed the surgery suc­cess­ful, and now the fam­ily awaits re­sults of tests to see if can­cer is present in Den­ing Day’s lymph nodes.

“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 said he “hasn’t touched a golf club at all” in the days since join­ing his mother in Ohio last week.

“It’s very, very dif­fi­cult to even think about play­ing golf when a loved one is go­ing through such a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence,” Day said. “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.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I’m hu­man. I like to feel like I’m al­ways on it, I’m al­ways ... ready to go and try­ing to com­pete and I want to get back to that stage but some­times it’s very, very dif­fi­cult.” AP

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