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Jason Day says he's had "a lot of love" from his fellow PGA Tour pros after the death of his mother earlier this month.
Day's mother Adenal “Dening” Day died of cancer at the age of 65, around five years after she was given just a year to live when Day announced the sad news at a press conference during the 2017 WGC-Match Play. He told the PGA Tour through tears that he is happy to be out on tour and would struggle more if he was at home.
“I’m okay. I’m doing alright,” told the PGA Tour at this week's Valspar Championship in Florida. “I’ll tell you what, if I was at home, I’d probably struggle even more. It’s nice to be out here with everyone, and I’ve had a lot of love from the guys."
“We are heart broken but incredibly grateful for the gift we had in her living with us for the last almost two years full time," Day wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post after his mother's death. "She fought so hard until the very last breath. I am forever indebted to her for the sacrifices she made for me to be successful, and for the person she helped me to become. We will miss her so much."
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The former World No.1 returned to action at last week's Players Championship, where he shot 68-78 in the tougher side of the draw to miss the cut. He opened with a one-under-par 71 in the first round of the Valspar Championship.
Day's last win on the PGA Tour came at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, which was his 12th PGA Tour title. He has spent 51 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, currently ranking 99th.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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