After a sad withdrawal from the WGC-Dell Match Play a few weeks ago, Jason Day’s status for the 2017 Masters seemed to be a bit up in the air. His mom Dening Day has lung cancer, and Day understandably could not focus on golf. 

Dening had surgery recently, though, and Jason said his outlook on life is a little less dreary as he plans to play this week at Augusta National.

“For the first time in about a month and a half, I was happy to be on the golf course,” Day told after arriving at Augusta National over the weekend. “I was enjoying myself again. It’s been really, really hard to enjoy myself. But I think things are starting to brighten up.

“I was in a bad situation with my mum, but I’m here and that’s what I’ve got to be thankful for. I’ve got to be thankful to have a tournament I absolutely love that’s making me very happy to be on the golf course again.”

Day also noted that he has lowered his expectations for the week which can absolutely work in a golfer’s favor, especially somebody like Day who gets super intense during major weeks.

Obviously the important thing is that his mom appears to be on a bit of an upswing. Day noted that they are still awaiting further prognosis and that the rest of his family is in Ohio tending to his mother.

Day is looking for his first Masters win. His previous best finish at Augusta National was a runner up in 2011.