Sydney - Australian World number Jason Day
is gearing up for a hectic few months on the links but is still undecided on
whether his crowded schedule will include the Rio Olympics.
Day said he would be fitting his Canadian
Open defence in between the Open Championship and defence of the PGA
Championship title next month and was looking forward to teaming up with Adam
Scott at the World Cup in Australia, but was unsure about Rio.
Coming on the heels of Northern Irishman
Rory McIlroy's announcement on Wednesday that he was skipping the Olympics
because of health concerns over the Zika virus, it was the first question Day
faced from reporters at the PGA Championship Media Day at Baltusrol Golf Club.
"Him (McIlroy) and Erica (Stoll) are
looking at getting married soon, and obviously looking to start a family. I'm
past that, but also looking to have some more babies," said Day, who has a
son Dash and infant Kim with his wife, Ellie.
"I respect his decision because
obviously it's a tough one going from trying to represent your country and
trying to win a gold medal but also understanding that it's a life decision
that you have to make just in case there's a small percentage that it will
"Family for me is priority No 1, so
I've got to make sure that they're happy and then probably I'll make the
McIlroy joined a number of other big names,
including Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, in
withdrawing from August's Olympic golf tournament because of the Zika virus.
The mosquito-borne virus can cause
crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological
Last week, the World Health Organisation
(WHO) said that the Games did not need to be moved or postponed because there
is "a very low risk" that holding the event in Brazil will cause
further spread of the virus.
Day is bracing for or an intense stretch of
golf with or without the Olympics.
"Play three weeks in a row and then a
week off, and the Olympics, and then a week off. (Then) Three weeks in a row
for the FedEx (playoffs), then got the Tour Championship. It's hard," said
the 28-year-old Australian.
But not so gruelling that Day wasn't
looking forward to a trip back home to Australia for more golf.
"I'm planning on playing the World Cup
with Adam Scott," he said. "I think we'd be a great team for the
"We won the World Cup last time in
Melbourne together (2013) and I'm thinking about playing the Australia Open as