Day WDs from Hero World, announces third child due in June
November 03, 2017
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Day and his family after he won THE PLAYERS Championship. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS – Jason Day has continued his long-held belief of family first, pulling out of the Hero World Challenge to support wife Ellie through the early stages of a third pregnancy.
Day was due to tee it up at his native Australian Open in Sydney on November 23-26 before flying back to the Bahamas the following week but will now forego the chance to be part of Tiger Woods’ comeback to spend less time away from his family.
Woods is making his first competitive appearance since overcoming a fourth back surgery.
Day missed the 2012 Open Championship to be at the birth of his first child Dash and the Australian summer of golf in 2015 for their second child Lucy.
The couple’s third child is due in June, meaning Day’s place in the 2018 U.S. Open could be in question.
Day hasn’t played in Australia since 2013. Since that time, he has become a major winner and spent time as world No. 1. As such, he felt it imperative to support his homeland when a choice had to be made.
“I am thrilled we are having a third child and want to be a part of the journey as much as possible just like I was for Dash and Lucy,” Day confirmed.
“I have always said family first and given I really wanted to support Australian golf this year and play in the Australian Open that unfortunately means I can’t join Tiger and the others at the Hero World Challenge this time around.
“I wish his event much success and hope to return to it in the future.”
Day’s withdrawal coincided with countryman Marc Leishman’s decision to also skip out on the 18-man field in Albany, with Leishman deciding to instead play in the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast.
Leishman recently had his third child, a daughter Eva, and also has a rule not to be on the road too many weeks in a row.
He originally planned to miss the Australian summer of golf and only play in the Bahamas, before having a change of heart.
Coming off the best season of his life where he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and the BMW Championship Leishman’s home ties proved too enticing.
"I've won on most tours around the world except Australasia. It's a goal of mine, something that's really missing from my resume," Leishman told Australian reporters.
"Getting that trophy at the PGA would be an awesome way to end what has been a really good year so far.
"I was in to play that (Hero World Challenge). It's a two-hour flight from my house over in America so I could zip down there, play the tournament and be home but it just wasn't sitting right in my stomach that I wasn't going home this year.”
Leishman is also favored to pick up the prestigious Greg Norman medal, awarded to the best Australian player on the world stage of golf.
Coming into the field in the Bahamas is U.S. Presidents Cup team member Kevin Chappell.