Jason Day hopes to spread father's ashes at Augusta National

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Australia’s Jason Day said he plans to speak to officials at Augusta National about spreading some of his father’s ashes over the home of the Masters Tournament.

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Jason Day

Alvyn Day, who gave Jason his start in golf, died of cancer when Day was 12, and one of his final requests was that his son spread some of his ashes at Augusta National if Day were to ever play there.

The 24-year-old Day tied for second this year in his debut at the Masters, but he was not able to consider his father’s request because the ashes were at his mother’s home in Brisbane.

“It’s a plan but obviously if I don’t get clearance from Augusta, I am not going to do it,” Day said last week at the Australian PGA Championship.

“That was one of my dad’s wishes and if I was allowed to do it, that would be great. Obviously, I know how the rules are at Augusta, it would be probably very unlikely, but we will see how it goes.”

SURGERY FOR JOHNSON: Dustin Johnson had surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to be out of competition until sometime in January.

Johnson is expected to be on crutches for a week, then resume chipping and putting. He should be at full speed by the end of December before returning to golf.

It was not clear if he would be able to play the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, which starts Jan. 6.

GUEST APPEARANCES: Rory McIlroy intends to spend more time playing in the U.S next year, juggling his commitments with the European Tour as he seeks to make an impact on both sides of the Atlantic.

The U.S. Open Champion from Northern Ireland carries a career-best world ranking of No. 2 into the Hong Kong Open, which gets under way on Thursday.

McIlroy played in just 10 PGA Tour events last season when he wasn’t a tour member. He will be a member for 2012.

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