It’s been over a week since Typhoon Haiyan, widely recognized as the most powerful tropical storm to make landfall ever recorded, ripped through the Philippines. The projected death toll continues to grow, now surpassing 4,200 people, while the human and economic impact can barely begin to be fully quantified.
Media outlets around the world have dedicated significant time and resources to news coverage and to raise awareness of the destruction and devastation. Through this unfortunate chain of events, the world of golf will be thrust into a leadership position as PGA member Jason Day announced Sunday evening the loss of eight (8) family members resulting from Typhoon Haiyan.
Day, whose mother is of Pilipino descent, released the following statement over the weekend:
“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern. We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy . . . Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”
Day indicated that this will be his only statement on this topic and requested respect for he and his families privacy in their time of mourning. However, the spotlight will certainly be on Day later this week as he plans to participate in the World Cup of Golf (http://worldcup.pgatour.com/) beginning Thursday in Melbourne, Australia.
Day is partnered with fellow Aussie, Adam Scott, who is currently ranked the #2 golfer in the world and is fresh off his 2nd consecutive Talisker (Australian) Masters title.
The World Cup sets expectations for a great weekend of golf, but certainly the game will take a back seat to the recent events in the Philippines, especially with Jason Day, by default, being placed at center stage during this weekends event. I will be viewing intently to see how the broadcast, PGA Tour and other organizations serve to raise awareness to the region and countless amount of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan and look forward to cheering on the Aussie’s as they pursue an emotional victory.
If you would like to learn more about Typhoon Haiyan or donate to the Red Cross, please click here — http://ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/.