Golfers react to Jason Day's emotional press conference at WGC-Dell

Rufina Vignone
Marzo 23, 2017

Doctors originally suggested she had 12 months to live, but Day's family hopes the procedure will provide optimism about her condition. He brought her to OH in the last month for more tests, hopeful that surgery would lead to a chance for a recovery. "The prognosis is much better being over here".

The opening round at the most unpredictable golf tournament took a stunning turn Wednesday when Day abruptly conceded his match to Pat Perez, and then revealed his mother has lung cancer, and he wanted to be home with her Friday when she has surgery. I'm glad I brought her over here.

Day, the 2014 and 2016 WGC-Match Play victor, believes his sub-standard results on Tour of late are somewhat irrelevant given his stellar record in golf's head-to-head format.

Day's father died of stomach cancer when he was 12 years old. Day said it was hard to see his mum going through the same fight. "It's been very emotional as you can tell", the world number three said.

This tournament as with most matchplay events is all about trying to keep you picks apart, so I have gone for a single individual in each quarter of the draw. "And it's hard enough to see another one go through it".

Reed defeated McIlroy in a thrilling contest on the final day of the US vs. Europe tournament and the Team Europe player admitted he would welcome the opportunity to get his own back on the American. It's been weighing on me emotionally for a while. "I'm not playing in Houston next week, so it would be really nice to play well here and get through my bracket because it would be nice to get some competitive rounds under my belt", said the Scot. I just need some time away from her to make sure it 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.

"These missed cuts just make me want to practice harder and play better", insisted Knox, who has been drawn in a bracket alongside Masters champion Danny Willett, as well as American Bill Haas and Korea's K T Kim.

It is understood Day has told the PGA Tour he will be taking an indefinite break from the game to be with his mother.

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