On Tuesday, Jason Day looked like a man still reveling in relief.
Last time we saw Day at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he walked off six holes into his first match, withdrawing from the event as he announced his mother Dening was battling lung cancer. Day explained she had been given a terminal diagnosis in Australia at the start of the year, and he brought her to his Ohio hometown in hopes of a more aggressive treatment plan and a better diagnosis.
On the Friday of the Match Play, Dening underwent a surgery to remove a 3.5 cm cancerous mass from her lung. In the days after the surgery, doctors told Dening good news: She won’t have to go through chemotherapy as part of her treatment plan.
Day, discussing the outlook for his mother, understandably looked like the world had been lifted off his shoulders.
“It’s all good things,” he said on Tuesday at the Masters. “I feel a lot lighter.”
Day admitted that he hadn’t touched a golf club from when he withdrew from the Match Play until last Friday, when he arrived in Augusta to begin preparing for the Masters. However, for a world-class golfer like Day, perhaps the biggest potential issue he faces is the forecast of stiff winds on Thursday and Friday.