Jason Day

Day heads home as his mother faces lung cancer surgery

Six holes into his opening match, Jason Day walked off the golf course.

It was the fourth time in the last three years that he withdrew in the middle of a tournament.

Only this was different.

Physically, he never felt better. Emotionally, he was a wreck.

Day walked briskly toward the media center at the Dell Technologies Match Play and before he could speak, the Australian began wiping tears from his face. He revealed that his mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the start of the year, was having surgery Friday and he couldn't keep his mind off it.

"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she's...