Day resting after collapsing at U.S. Open
By Steve Keating
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - Australian golfer Jason Day sent a scare through the U.S. Open on Friday when he collapsed on his final hole, before getting to his feet, completing the second round and collapsing again.
One of the pre-championship favorites to win the year's second major, Day dropped to the turf in front of a packed grandstand and laid on his back, covering his face as his caddie Col Swatton came to his aid.
Day, who has a history of vertigo, spent more than five minutes on the ground, about 50 yards from the green. He was finally helped to his feet by medics and after a discussion with officials, completed the ninth hole, his last of the day.
He still had to play a bunker shot, before two-putting for bogey and an even par 70. He then dropped to his knees again as medics came onto the green.
Despite the frightening finish, Day, twice a runner-up in just four Open appearances, remains very much in contention for a first major title, just three shots from the lead.
"Jason was diagnosed to have suffered from Benign Positional Vertigo," his manager Bud Martin said in a statement late Friday.
"He was treated locally by Dr. Robert Stoecker and Dr. Charles Souliere and is resting comfortably.
"His condition is being monitored closely and he is hopeful he will be able to compete this weekend in the final rounds of the U.S. Open. Continued...