KAPALUA, Hawaii – Jason Day’s bout with vertigo was widely documented last year at the U.S. Open.
You remember the eerie scene Saturday at Chambers Bay: Day was tied for the lead late in the day but fell to the ground on the 18th hole because of severe dizziness. Many wondered if he’d be able to play the final round on Sunday. He did play, shot 74 and tied for ninth place.
Wednesday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Day let a little-known secret slip: the vertigo came back three weeks later at the Open Championship. Thankfully for Day it was only minor dizziness, and it happened on Saturday when most of the round at the Old Course was halted because of nasty weather.
“I just kept my mouth shut about it because I knew that it would open another can of worms, and I didn’t want to talk about it,” Day said. “Since then, I’ve been fine. I’ve been making sure that I’m staying on top of it and you can’t control it. It will come back whenever it wants to.”
On that day in St. Andrews, Day took a cortisone shot then took 25 pills over the next four days to get the situation under control. He felt well enough the following day to shoot 70 and miss out on a playoff by a shot.
Day admitted Wednesday that he’s still surprised how well he played late in the year because of what he went through during the summer.
“I knew that I had the ability to do it but I didn’t think I could have gone on a run like that, win my first major, get to No. 1 in the world,” he said. “It all happened very quickly.”
Although Day believes the vertigo issues of last year are behind him, he is on medication for this entire year in hopes of preventing it from returning. After a three-month break to close the year, Day is back at Kapalua and ready to compete against Jordan Spieth for the No. 1 ranking in the world.