Day collapses from dizziness at U.S. Open
June 19, 2015
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- June 19, 2015
- Jason Day has at times suffered from vertigo this season. (Harry How/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Jason Day plans to play the third round at the U.S. Open after suffering from vertigo and collapsing as he finished his second round a day earlier. The 27-year-old Aussie has yet to swing a club but "wants to play," according to his agent. He will continue to be evaluated through the morning. Day is three strokes off the lead at 2 under and is scheduled to tee off with Kevin Kisner at 1:55 p.m. local time.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Jason Day collapsed from dizziness as he was finishing up his second round Friday at the U.S. Open. He was treated by paramedics before completing the hole and being taken away in a golf cart.
The 27-year-old Aussie was later diagnosed as having suffered from benign positional vertigo, which is the most common type of vertigo. It is caused when the bone-like calcium breaks free and floats in the fluid in the canal in the inner ear.
Day was treated at Chambers Bay, where he is staying for the week with his family, by Dr. Robert Stoecker and Dr. Charles Souliere and is resting comfortably, according to a statement from his agent.
"His condition is being monitored closely and he is hopeful he will be able to compete this weekend in the final rounds of the U.S. Open," the statement said in part. "He wants to thank all who treated him at the Franciscan Medical Group and thank all of the fans and friends who have reached out to he and his family.”
Day was walking toward the green on the par-3 ninth, his final hole of the day, when he suddenly fell to the ground. He was on his back for several minutes as paramedics rushed to treat him.
He eventually sat up after several minutes, steadied himself and finished the hole, hitting out of a bunker and two-putting for bogey. He shot an even-par 70 and is 2 under heading into the weekend at Chambers Bay.
“At that point, (it was) 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,” said Jordan Spieth, who was in the group with Day. “He didn't mention much after the round. We were trying to look out for him.”
It's not the first time this season Day has suffered from vertigo.
He felt dizzy during the final round of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in April and later withdrew from last month's AT&T Byron Nelson after not being able to complete the pro-am competition due to more dizziness.
Day immediately flew home to Columbus, Ohio, for tests, then teed it up the next week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, but missed the cut.
Earlier this week, though, he had declared himself “good to go” after multiple tests -- including three sleep studies, blood tests and MRIs on his head, back and neck -- came back negative.
Day, ranked 10th in the world, attributed the mysterious illness to the exhaustion of working out more, changing his diet and trying to balance a young family. He was simply worn out.
“I’ve got severe sleep deprivation, so I guess that’s part and parcel of having a kid,” Day said on Monday. "... That’s just life, so you’ve just got to deal with it. I feel good this week.”