Jason Day Withdraws To Be With Wife
By mustang6560 on 6/2/11
How about a little "drama" between Jack Nicklaus and Jason Day to add the excitement of The Memorial Tournament this weekend?

The "drama" started when Jack Nicklaus was informed that Jason Day withdrew to get some rest ahead of the U.S. Open in two weeks.
Q. Jason Day has had to withdraw from the tournament needing to take a break before the U.S. Open. I know you've just recently granted him membership to Muirfield Village. What do you see in young Jason?


Q. Just recently.


Q. He has playing privileges at Muirfield Village.

JACK NICKLAUS: He does, and he's not here? (Laughter.) We'll take that away. (Laughter.) I did not know that.

Does Jason live around here?

Q. Yes, he's married a girl from Ohio.

JACK NICKLAUS: Oh, he did?

Q. I just wanted to get your opinion on his play these days because he's a young star in the making for Australia.

JACK NICKLAUS: He's a good player, and if he's got a gal from -- has he married a gal from Ohio?

Q. Yeah.

JACK NICKLAUS: He should be here. (Laughter.)
Oh, that Jack! He's such a card! Wait - he's kidding, right?

I think Jason had the same reaction I did - a combination of "Jack's so ornery" and "Oh crap, I just made Papa Bear mad!". That's why he contacted tournament officials clarifying why he withdrew from the tournament.
"Family comes first," Day told AAP last weekend. "I want to be there to support Ellie like she always supports me."
Jason's wife Ellie recently had an operation and had a follow-up appointment in Houston this week so Jason wanted to be with her. You can't fault the guy for putting his family first. Sure, he missed one of the most prestigious tournaments, but family is family. If Jack is truly upset (which I don't think he is), then he needs to get over himself.

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photo by Keith Allison

[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
sounds like Jack is starting to lose a few marbles.
HotBacon says:
I've seen Ellie up close and in person. I'd be more than willing to make Jack mad at me just to spend time with her too.
Kickntrue says:
@mustang (serious question)- why did you put "operation" in "quotes"? Was it a unnecessary surgery in your professional opinion?
wdelnero says:
mustang6560 says:
For effect.
TeT says:
What effect was her surgery supposed to have, you should have skipped the quotes and just spelled it out... *&^% basement bloggers...
TeT says:
sorry; thats "effect" ...
mustang6560 says:
@TeT- You been playing in the sandbox today?
mustang6560 says:
Quotes are gone.
TeT says:
Not today, went swimming instead...
Torleif Sorenson says:
Stand-up guy, Jason is. Good call.
legitimatebeef says:
Convenient excuse maybe? we'll never know. If Jack was told that Jason had skipped to get rest then he's rightly pissed. Why not? It's a premier event and the host happens to be the G.O.A.T. don't think that fact is lost on Jack.
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