Australian golfer Jason Day
has confirmed he is ready to return to the PGA Tour at this week’s Masters Tournament after taking a break to be with his mother.
Two weeks ago the world number three gave an emotional press conference after withdrawing from the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Explaining his mum was about to undergo surgery for lung cancer and he felt he needed to be with her. It was painfully obvious how difficult Day was finding the situation as the 29-year-old fought back tears throughout the announcement. Last week it was reported that his mother, Dening’s surgery went well and that she was home resting.
Over the weekend Day announced he felt he was in a better place and ready to play at the first major of season. Arriving at Augusta for the Masters tournament late last week the former world number one spent time practicing his short game and playing three rounds of nine-holes.
“For the first time in about a month and a half, I was happy to be on the golf course,” Day said after getting to Augusta. “I was enjoying myself again. It’s been really, really hard to enjoy myself. But I think things are starting to brighten up.”
Adding, “I was in a bad situation with my mum, but I’m here and that’s what I’ve got to be thankful for. I’ve got to be thankful to have a tournament I absolutely love that’s making me very happy to be on the golf course again.”
While Day has yet to win a green jacket, the one-time major winner has finished in the top-three twice at Augusta. But after an emotional start to the year Day’s main objective is on getting back to enjoying his time on the course and being able to remain focused on his rounds.