Golfer Jason Day
Golfer Jason Day Andrew Redington

Golfer Jason Day loses eight family members in typhoon

JASON Day will play this week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne with the burden of knowing eight relatives, including his grandmother, perished in the Philippines typhoon.

Among the thousands killed by the massive storm were Day's grandmother, an uncle and six cousins.

One aunt was found alive despite being swept to another village, while another aunt's family survived after binding themselves together with rope and taking refuge in an attic.

Speaking exclusively with the Gold Coast Bulletin, Day's mother, Dening, who migrated to Australia from the Philippines three decades ago, said her globe-trotting son had been told of the tragedies but she was yet to speak to him personally.

"My daughter has been updating him but I don't want to bother him because he has commitments," she said.

"There will be plenty of time to talk after (the World Cup). He's representing his country so I don't want him worrying about anything apart from golf."

More on this story at the Gold Coast Bulletin