Jason Day's mother passes away from cancer
March 03, 2022
By Ben Everill , PGATOUR.COM
- March 03, 2022
- Jason Day withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational to be by his mom's side. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Adenil ‘Dening’ Day, mother to 12-time PGA TOUR winning Australian Jason and daughters Kim and Yanna, passed away peacefully Wednesday night in Ohio with her family by her side after a long battle with cancer.
Jason, who was a late withdrawal from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, rushed to Columbus to be by her side.
“Last night, my mum peacefully left us after battling cancer for five years. We are heartbroken but incredibly grateful for the gift we had in her living with us for the last almost two years full time,” Day said Thursday in an Instagram post.
“She fought so hard until the very last breath. I am forever indebted to her for the sacrifices she made for me to be successful, and for the person she helped me to become. We will miss her so much.”
Dening Day was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, a condition revealed by an emotional Jason during that year's World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play. Through specialist treatment in Day’s adopted hometown of Columbus, she was able to beat back the disease.
But cancer returned a few years ago, which saw Dening leave Australia to continue a new fight while living with Jason, his wife Ellie, and their four kids Dash, Lucy, Arrow and Oz. Daughters Yanna, Kim and grandson Cooper also flew from Australia a few weeks ago to be on hand as her condition worsened.
Dening’s long fight sadly ended Wednesday night. She was 65.
Cancer has now claimed both of Day’s parents. His father Alvyn passed away from stomach cancer when Jason was 12, leaving Dening as a single mother. With a young Jason spiraling out of control at the time, she borrowed money from his uncle and sold their house to get him into a boarding school with a golf program.
It was there he met former coach and caddie Colin Swatton and the two began a journey that would ultimately land on the PGA TOUR and bring world No. 1 status.