If you caught a glimpse of Jason Day falling to the ground near the ninth green, do not fear. The Australian gave word that he suffers from vertigo, but will be ok to play tomorrow.
Day’s playing partner Jordan Spieth was unaware of the Australian’s sickness at the time.
“I was walking with him, the next thing I know I turned around and I think he got dizzy and slipped and fell,” said Spieth. “So at that point, how can we help him out and kind of clear the scene and try and keep the cameras off and let him just rebound from being dizzy. That’s all it was, I think.
“I don’t think it was a slip off of the ground. I think it was maybe a little dehydration or something. I’m not really sure. He didn’t mention much after the round. We were trying to look out for him.”
The golfer laid on the ground with his head down and his caddie by his side for about 10 minutes. It was a scary moment.
Medical professionals rushed to the fairway to address the collapsed golfer before he was able to stand by himself and finish the hole.
Day finished with an even par-round 70 after bogeying the last. He is currently tied for 11th.
The entire event was bizarre, especially considering Day had enthusiastically thrown his club in celebration after holing an impressive 40-yard birdie approach on the first, just hours earlier. The middle sixteen holes included four bogies and four birdies.
This is not Day’s first medical emergency — he’s endured various injuries and ailments in his career. He withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship after feeling dizzy three weeks ago, and he has suffered from a bulging disc in his back, hyper-extension in his left arm and a serious thumb problem over the last two years.
Earlier this week Day stated, “I feel good. I had a lot of blood tests done and I had an MRI on my head and my back and everything came back negative.”
He explained the dizziness he experienced at the Byron Nelson Championship was due to exhaustion from physical activity and having a new child.
“I was training so hard, I was doing two-a-days every day coming into tournaments and then on top of it I was doing practice, playing competitive golf and then trying to balance that with family, as well. It’s a full-time kind of gig. And I think I just ran out of gas and wasn’t feeling good. I’ve got severe sleep deprivation, so I guess that’s part and parcel of having a kid.”
Day was escorted to a trailer after he walked off the green and was taken from Chambers Bay in a van.
“Jason is being treated on site at Chambers Bay, after feeling dizzy near the end of his round,” said USGA Championship Communications. “We will provide more information later today after getting through the medical evaluation process. Jason wants to express his appreciation for all the good wishes from so many fans and friends.”
Day is expected to play as usual tomorrow.