Jason Day admitted on 6 January that the vertigo that hampered his title hopes at the US Open returned during the British Open at St Andrews. The 27-year-old world number two, speaking ahead of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, described the dizziness during the Open Championship as mild compared to what happened at Chambers Bay.
"It came back but I didn't tell anyone about it because it would be a lot more questions that would happen, and it wasn't as severe. I was a little dizzy that day. It happened the Saturday of the Open Championship," Day said.
"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," he added. "Since then, I've been fine. I've been making sure that I'm staying on top of it and you really can't control it. It will come back whenever it wants to."
The British Open ended with Day finishing one stroke out of three-man playoff won by Zach Johnson. Day, who hasn't played a competitive round since the President's Cup, was in good spirits ahead of his pairing with Rickie Fowler on Thursday 7 January at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course in Hawaii. Day joked about his and his wife's literal run-in with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James last month.
"[The ball] was going to go out of bounds and I was just going to flick it back to someone, then all of a sudden LeBron comes flying in from the side and no one knows what to do and he just jumps," described Day about how James landed in the crowd and collided with his wife, Ellie, during a game on 18 December against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It looks worse than what is really was, but...it happened so quick. I'm going to do that? I'm not going to stop a 260lb guy that's 6'8" running full speed. I mean...Ellie took it like a champ, though. Yeah, she took it like a champ," he said with a smile.
Ellie Day was attended by paramedics at the scene and was immobilised and removed by a stretcher to a local hospital for examination in case of any head or neck injury. She was later released.