Grieving Day still fears for missing Filipino relatives

Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:48am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Jason Day will play the World Cup of Golf this week with the heaviest of hearts after eight of the Australian's relatives were killed when Typhoon Haiyan pounded the Philippines earlier this month.

Battling to contain his emotions, Day, whose mother is of Filipino heritage, said a number of his relatives were still unaccounted for following the storm.

"I think most of you guys have seen what has been going on over there, it is very devastating and, you know, it is sad to see what has gone on," Day told reporters at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Wednesday.

"I know that there is aid over there now but just in certain parts it is hard to get communications to a lot of the parts over there in the Philippines.

"We are still trying to look for some more people, some more relatives, over there, so it is a tough situation right now and we really hope that, you know, everything kind of gets going in the direction that everyone wants it to go over there."

Day lost his maternal grandmother, an uncle and a number of cousins, local media reported, but hopes his participation at Royal Melbourne can shine a spotlight on the Philippines as the country battles to recover from the disaster.

The Philippines are represented at the World Cup by Angelo Que and Tony Lascuna, who were both relieved to have not lost any family members in the storm which has killed nearly 4,000 people and displaced four million, according to official estimates.

"I know that there are guys from the Philippines here and they have got a heavy heart right now for their people and... being half-Australian and half-Filipino... after something like that happened you kind of tend to bend towards that way," Day said when asked if he felt he was also playing for his mother's country this week.   Continued...

International Team player Jason Day of Australia reacts after his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes