Day loses eight relatives to Typhoon Haiyan

Eight relatives of PGA Tour golfer Jason Day were killed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including his grandmother, uncle and six cousins.

The typhoon has claimed nearly 4,000 lives, according to CNN.

"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."

Day, ranked No. 20 on the Tour, is playing in the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, this week. Day, who is Australian, is the second-highest ranked player in the tournament, which includes team and individual components. The event begins Thursday.