Australian golfer collapses while walking from an elevated tee during the second round at Chambers Bay in Washington on Friday
Tacoma (United States): Australia’s Jason Day hopes to be able to compete in the final two rounds of the US Open after dramatically collapsing following an attack of vertigo on Friday.
Day was walking from the elevated tee on the par-three ninth - his final hole during the second round at Chambers Bay when he suddenly fell to the ground. The world number 10 was quickly attended to by paramedics and his caddie Col Swatton and was heard to say that the incident was related to “vertigo I’ve had for a while”.
Jason Day is attended to by a doctor during the second round of the US Open on Friday PIC/AFP
After several minutes the 27-year-old was able to get unsteadily to his feet and complete the hole, although he was unable to save par from a greenside bunker and had to settle for a round of 70 to finish two under.
His agent Bud Martin later released a statement which read: “Jason was diagnosed to have suffered from Benign Positional Vertigo. He was treated locally by Dr Robert Stoecker and Dr Charles Souliere and is resting comfortably.”
“His condition is being monitored closely and he is hopeful he will be able to compete this weekend in the final rounds of the US Open. 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 withdrew before the start of the AT&T Byron Nelson three weeks ago due to severe dizziness and revealed on Tuesday he had undergone numerous tests to try to identify the cause. “I had three sleep studies done. I had a lot of blood tests done. I had an MRI on my head and my neck and everything came back negative,” Day said. “So I have no idea what that was, other than I just may have been exhausted. I was training so hard, I was doing two-a-days every day coming into tournaments and then on top of it I was doing practice, playing competitive golf and then trying to balance that with family as well,” Day said.
'No pictures please'
Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who was playing with Day and carded a 67 to set the clubhouse target on five under, asked spectators not to take pictures as Day lay on the ground and later said: “I was walking with him, just turned around and he was on the ground. I think he had a dizzy moment and slipped.