JASON Day has found the perfect therapist as he seeks golfing clarity in a world of "chaos".
Through a 45-minute press conference at Augusta on Tuesday the Aussie world number three poured his heart out to the assembled media detailing the emotional roller-coaster his entire life has been on since his mother's cancer diagnosis.
He began the with the most positive news of all, that his mother, Dening, would not need chemotherapy and was a step closer to being given the all clear from lung cancer.
And the Queenslander said being able to dump so much on a tuned-in, interested and concerned audience had "refreshed" him to play the Masters in a positive frame of mind.
"I'm in a really good situation being able to sit up here in front of you guys and be able to talk about the situations that I'm going through and to be able to tell you honestly and truthfully from what's coming inside my heart," Day said.
"I feel like that takes a lot of pressure and a lot of ease off my shoulders. So that's why I feel like I'm so honest about things.
"And once again, this week, I just feel a lot lighter. I feel refreshed in a way. All the hard stuff is behind us and we've just got to make sure that we're staying on top of it, and that I can actually get back to kind of physically just kind of focusing on golf.
"I know my mom is getting well taken care of now and kind of the hard part is behind us now."
Day said he had received so much support from his peers, and the golf community, that his eyes had been opened to how much he should get out of the selfish bubble he lives in as a professional athlete.
"I know that we take it for granted, and in every situation like golf as a whole, we're very, very selfish and we need to be selfish with our time to try and get better at our craft. But sometimes when it comes to family, family has to overcome anything else, obviously golf and other things that you're worried about," he said.
"When you sit and think about, okay, well, I don't have a dad, I don't have grandparents and if (his mum) goes, I've got no one, other than my two sisters. So you just forget that maybe you should have spent a little bit more time with your family and spending more time with them and just enjoying your life.
"Once again, everyone in this room, we're all going to go at some point and we have to enjoy ourselves while we're here and on this planet."
Day, who will play with Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose in Thursday's opening round, said the Masters was "the reason I play golf" and while just happy to be at the event this week, winning would be something special.
"It's great to even think about it. It gets me excited thinking about the possibility of actually winning and obviously accomplishing one of my life goals," he said.
" With that said, I can't get too far ahead of myself because, yeah, it's only Tuesday and Sunday is a very, very long way away."
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