Australian golfer Jason Day collapsed on the final hole of the second round of play at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Jason Day is one of the top golfers in the world. In fact, Day is currently ranked 10th in the world, His career high ranking is 4th, which he achieved earlier this year.
Day collapsed due to vertigo and dehydration, which has been a recurring problem for the Australian. Just three weeks ago, Day collapsed at the AT&T Byron Nelson after feeling dizzy. Day received multiple tests and said earlier this week that he was feeling good.
Day’s caddie said that this was similar to an episode Day had at last year’s World Golf Championship event at Firestone in Ohio. In this event, Day had completed two holes before he had to withdraw due to dizziness that was later diagnosed as vertigo.
At first sight it appeared that Day had collapsed, but replays later showed he simply went to the ground as if he had fainted. There is a large slope in front of the grandstand hole 9, which is where he fell.
Medical personnel attended to Jason Day for several minutes following the fall, and it took him some time to stand up. Sometimes he used his club as a crutch.
Bud Martin, Jason Day’s agent, released a statement saying that Day was being treated at Chambers Bay.
“We will provide more information later today after getting through the medical evaluation process,” Martin said. “Jason wants to express his appreciation for all the good wishes from so many fans and friends.”
Day’s playing partner for the day Jordan Spieth, this year’s Masters champion, handled the situation to perfection. Photographers began to take pictures when Day collapsed, but Spieth waved them off. When Day was able to regain his footing, Spieth continued to play bodyguard with the photographers.
“I turned around and he was just laying there,” Spieth said.
“I was glad we could get done,” said Justin Rose, who also played with Day. “At least he has a chance to recover for tomorrow, hopefully. I don’t know if this is one of those things that is 10 minutes or a day. I don’t know.”
Day has been playing very well in the U.S. Open thus far. He was three under par when he collapsed, which is the near the top of the leaderboard for a very difficult course at Chambers Bay. After standing up, Day had to finish the hole, he ended up getting a bogey to end the day at a respectable two under par. It is miraculous that he was able to finish the hole given his condition.
Jason Day has said that he will be able to continue playing at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
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