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Jason Day loses eight relatives in Typhoon Haiyan

November 18, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Eight of Jason Day's relatives -- including his grandmother -- died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Eight of Jason Day's relatives -- including his grandmother -- died… (Julian Smith / EPA )

PGA Tour star Jason Day has confirmed that eight of his relatives -- including his grandmother -- died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

"I am deeply saddened," Day said in a statement released by the Tour. "My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern."

Day's immediate family migrated from the Philippines to Australia 30 years ago, but many relatives still lived around the city of Tacloban in the Leyte province that was hit hard by the storm.

"We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy," he said. "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."

The golfer, who finished 14th in the FedEx Cup standings last season, is scheduled to represent Australia with teammate Adam Scott at the World Cup of Golf beginning on Thursday.

"On behalf of the entire PGA Tour family, we were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of several of Jason Day’s family members from Typhoon Haiyan, a tragic event that has affected millions of lives in the Philippines," Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jason and his family, as well as all of those who have suffered losses and devastation."


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