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Jason Day quits Match Play to be with ailing mother

Jason Day has withdrawn from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to be with his mother, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. She is scheduled to have surgery on Friday.

“It’s really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she’s gone through,” said a tearful Day on Wednesday, after conceding his opening match against Pat Perez after six holes. Day was 3 down at the time of the concession.

He informed those in attendance that his mother was given 12 months to live at the beginning of this year, and brought her from Australia to the U.S. shortly after undergoing tests. She will have surgery on Friday as doctors attempt to remove a mass in her lung that is 3-4 cm wide, according to Day.

“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,” said Day, who lost his father, Alvyn Day, to cancer when he was 12 years old.

“So I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well because this has been very, very tough for me. So 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. And family is first and it’s just a hard time.”

Day did not indicate how long he would be away from the game, but with The Masters only two weeks away, the World No. 3 – one of the favorites to win – now seems an unlikely inclusion.

Day is the Match Play’s defending champion, winning last year in Austin (Texas) Country Club’s debut as the host course.



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