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Golfers Show Support for Jason Day
Rivals on the golf course they may be, but at Royal Melbourne this week Jason Day has been inundated with support from his fellow golfers.
Day recently revealed that he had lost eight relatives in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, a tragedy that is still yet to be fully realised. His grandmother, uncle and six cousins were lost to the disaster, yet Day refused to step away from his golfing duties.
While he is still very much grieving, the Australian will play this week’s World Cup of Golf alongside fellow countryman Adam Scott. However, it was the sea of support which flowed from some of his international rivals who were quick to extend their heartfelt support that really helped him.
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn told local reporters: "You can only hope he has the strength to go through what he's going through. To go and play golf, that shows a lot about Jason as a character.
"It's horrific... it obviously hits closer when it's somebody that you know and somebody around this game that's affected by it. I feel for Jason, I think everybody would love to see him do well."
American Kevin Streelman said: "He's a good kid. He's got a good wife and a good mum and they'll push through it together and we'll send a lot of prayers their way."
The contingent of Streelman and playing partner Matt Kuchar are among the hot favourites to walk away from the World Cup of Golf champions this Sunday, though he did admit that the local duo of Day and Scott would be the form team and the ones to beat.
He added: "Obviously, the Australians are the No.1 world-ranked team. Jason's an incredible talent and they're on top of their game so they'll be very difficult."
Bjorn, who is teamed with Thorbjorn Olessen, agreed, saying: "With Jason Day and Adam, he's in unbelievable form, and you've got to play some really good stuff. We know what we're up against."