Jason Day breaks down talking about mom's lung cancer

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"I feel good. You can talk about match play but at the end of the day you need to shoot good scores and that's what I did today".

Jason Day tearfully announced that his mother has lung cancer in a news conference after he withdrew from his match against Pat Perez on Wednesday.

"It's been a very, very hard time for me to even think about playing golf". He brought her to OH for more tests, and doctors are hopeful there is a chance for recovery. Day brought her to OH, where he lives with his wife and two children, for more tests that at least revealed hope. The most important thing in his world right now is being with his mom Friday during that surgery. On the following hole, he double-bogeyed the par-5 sixth, and conceded the match. He said his mind was all over the place. I knew this was going to happen and, in kind of a weird way, I'm glad it happened when it did because there is a massive spring and summer of golf ahead.

His father, Alvin, died of stomach cancer when Day was 12.

So what exactly is Day going to be doing with his time? As a wayward teen, he began drinking, missing school and getting into fights.

At that point that Dening sold the family home and moved back from Rockhampton to Beaudesert so her son could attend Kooralbyn International School, where he got his start in golf and met career-long coach, caddie and mentor Col Swatton.

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Day and McIlroy are among just three past champions of this event. They had no hot water tank, so she could use a kettle for hot water to shower. He once shopped for used clothes at a store where for $5 he could stuff as much as he could into a bag.

He did not take questions, leaving the press center for his vehicle with his wife, Ellie.

"And from there just try and go out and play a little bit". The Denmark native and world's 68th-ranked player finished 6 under through 17 holes. It really does seem like the most likely explanation is he thought he'd be able to gut it out, thought it was worth trying, and then found himself unable to perform or even function emotionally. The format, for the second straight year, is pool play, ensuring each of the four players in the four pools is guaranteed three matches. "I played a lot at the end of last year and also at the beginning of this year and I nearly felt a run like this coming".

"As of now I'm going to try and be back there with my mum for surgery and make sure everything goes right with her".

"I knew that I had to play well to have any kind of a chance, therefore, I didn't look too much at what Rory was doing", said Kjeldsen, who got lapped off the tee by the absurd McIlroy.

With The Masters a fortnight away, Day did not say how long he would be out.