Golfer Jason Day walks off tournament, reveals his mother has terminal lung cancer

Professional golfer Jason Day walked off the course during a tournament in Texas on Thursday, leading many to wonder what went into his decision to forfeit the match.

The sudden move came just six holes into his match against Pat Perez at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, and afterwards he told reporters the reason he wasn't up for playing -- his mother has terminal lung cancer.

Day's emotional press conference

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia explains to the media about his withdrawl from the event due the serious illness of his mother during the first round of the 2017 Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia explains to the media about his withdrawl from the event due the serious illness of his mother during the first round of the 2017 Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia gets emotional as he speaks to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia addresses the media during a press conference after withdrawing due to an illness in the family from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia addresses the media during a press conference after withdrawing due to an illness in the family from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia leaves after speaking to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia addresses the media during a press conference after withdrawing due to an illness in the family from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia gets emotional as he speaks to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia gets emotional as he speaks to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia explains to the media about his withdrawl from the event due the serious illness of his mother during the first round of the 2017 Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia gets emotional as he speaks to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia gets emotional as he speaks to the media about his mom's cancer after withdrawing from the tournament during round one of the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia addresses the media during a press conference after withdrawing due to an illness in the family from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia explains to the media about his withdrawl from the event due the serious illness of his mother during the first round of the 2017 Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia addresses the media during a press conference after withdrawing due to an illness in the family from round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 22: Jason Day of Australia explains to the media about his withdrawl from the event due the serious illness of his mother during the first round of the 2017 Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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"I just need some time away with her to make sure that everything goes well because this has been very, very tough for me," the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world said through tears. "I'm going to do my best and try and be there the best I can for her because she is the reason I'm playing golf today."

Jason brought his mother, Dening Day, to the United States for treatment, and she's scheduled to have surgery on Friday.

The diagnosis is especially tough for Day. His father died of cancer when he was just 12-years-old.

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