Former Rocky golfer grieves for loved ones in Philippines
FORMER Rockhampton golfer Jason Day has spoken out about his family's devastating loss when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines.
The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that Day's grandmother, an uncle and six cousins were killed in the massive storm.
Playing the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne this week, he released a statement through the PGA Tour.
"I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan," Day said.
"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... Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you."
Day spent a number of years in Rockhampton as a junior golfer, before moving to Brisbane in his mid-teens to attend a golf college.
Earlier this year he made the top three of the Master's Tournament, topped by fellow Australian Adam Scott and Argentinean Angel Cabrera.
His mother Dening told the Gold Coast Bulletin that her daughter had been updating him.
"There will be plenty of time to talk after (the World Cup)," he said.
"He's representing his country so I don't want him worrying about anything apart from golf."