Day, the 26-year-old Australian professional golfer with one career PGA Tour win, confirmed that his grandmother, uncle and six cousins were all killed when Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, killing what is said to be at least 4,000 people so far in that country alone.
"I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan," Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour Monday. "My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.
"We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media's interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family's privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you."
While Day is only 26, he has always been known as one of the nicer guys on tour, a genuine talent that answers questions and roots on his fellow Australians when they do something great (like Adam Scott winning the Masters earlier this season).
Day might only have one PGA Tour win over the course of his career, but he's on a short list of under-30 golfers that a lot of people think has the best shot at winning a major championship in the coming years.
Obviously a tough time for the Day family, these types of things can sure put golf into perspective, and as Day said in the above statement, it is a time for him and his family to reflect on those they lost and honor their lives in whatever way they feel is appropriate.
The story is devastating and tough for everyone involved, so our thoughts are with Day and his family through this tough, tough time.
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