KAPALUA, Hawaii – Aside from range sessions and casual dinners, Jason Day ventured out in public twice during his three-month break from competitive golf. Both times he made headlines.
The first came in early December when he was spotted wearing a red television media vest and holding a video camera for the Packers-Lions Thursday night football game.
The second came three weeks ago when LeBron James crashed into Day’s wife, Ellie, while the couple was sitting courtside at a Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ellie Day was escorted out of the arena on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace and was diagnosed with a concussion. She is well and here in Kapalua with son Dash and newborn daughter Lucy.
“That was the only time I got out of the house in three months and it happened to be on TV,” Day said Wednesday on the eve of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Day still finds it comical that people have criticized him for not doing more to protect his wife when James hustled for a loose ball. He says he realizes that some photos circulating of him jumping out of the way don’t paint him in a great light, but they’re don’t present a clear picture of the whole situation, either.
“People that think I should have jumped in front of Ellie, they must have the fastest reaction time,” he said. “I’m trying to learn how to get my arm in front of Ellie every time now. But it’s amazing how quick it happened.
“I’m not going to stop a 260-pound guy that’s 6-8 running full speed. Ellie took it like a champ, though.”