Top Australian golfer Jason Day says he is “devastated” that several members of his extended family were among the thousand killed by the typhoon that ripped through the Philippine last week.
Day’s mother, Dening, told the Gold Coast Bulletin on Monday that the player’s uncle and six cousins also died in the typhoon, which has killed nearly 4,000 people and left more than a thousand missing.
“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.
“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”
Day, ranked 20th in the world, is scheduled to represent Australia with world number two Adam Scott at this week’s World Cup of golf at Royal Melbourne.
An Australian newspaper reports that Day’s grandmother, an uncle and six cousins were killed in the typhoon.
“My daughter has been updating him (Jason) but I don’t want to bother him because he has commitments,” Denning, who lives in Australia, told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“There will be plenty of time to talk after (the World Cup). He’s representing his country so I don’t want him worrying about anything apart from golf.”
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