U.S. Open contender Jason Day is resting comfortably after collapsing on the final hole of Friday’s second round of play.
The 10th-ranked, Australian golfer apparently was overcome with a bout of vertigo while playing his final hole of Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open.
Day was able to complete the hole with an even-par round of 70 and a second place finish. After signing his scorecard, Day was driven away from the course immediately afterward. According to The Washington Post, his status for the remainder of the weekend is uncertain.
The three-time PGA champion has a history of vertigo and dizziness and had to withdraw from two tournaments over the past year, including the Byron Nelson Classic three weeks ago.
Jason Day fell to the ground while playing the 9th and final hole at U.S. Open, apparently due to vertigo symptoms. pic.twitter.com/veHGRiewCS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 19, 2015
According to the newspaper, Day has had tests conducted to try and determine the cause of his condition, but no diagnosis was found.
Tiger Woods played in the group that followed Day’s on Friday and expressed his own concern over the golfer’s collapse.
“I played with him at Memorial, and we talked about it in depth. I hope he’s okay.”
When Day collapsed, he had just birdied the eighth hole and hit his tee shot on the par-3 No. 9 into the greenside bunker.
As he made his way to the green, he collapsed on the fairway.
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 19, 2015
His caddie and U.S. Open medical personnel rushed to his aid, and after several minutes, Day was able to rise to his feet, but went back down once again to one knee. He was able to regain his footing and although appearing a bit wobbly, played out the hole for a boggy.
As he left the green, he went back down to one knee momentarily, then was helped off the course and whisked off to receive medical treatment.
One of Day’s U.S. Open playing partners for the day, Justin Rose, described the incident from his perspective.
“He seemed chirpy [and] buoyant all day. That was out of the blue, for sure. I thought maybe he twisted his ankle. He was in good shape, 100 percent. His game was looking good. His focus looked good. He made a great up and down on 7, birdied 8. He looked 100 percent.”
Update on Jason Day: Has been diagnosed w/ benign positional vertigo. Will be monitored. Hopeful of playing tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/BKAxaHYGUu
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 20, 2015
Jason Day’s manager, Bud Martin, released a statement about Day’s condition, as reported by Reuters.
“Jason is being treated on site at Chambers Bay, after feeling dizzy near the end of his round. Jason wants to express his appreciation for all the good wishes from so many fans and friends.”
The third round of the U.S. Open is scheduled for Saturday, with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed tied at the top of the leaderboard.
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