Jason Day Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Back and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Jason Day hits from the tee on the second hole during the second round of play at the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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World No. 1 golfer Jason Day has been out with a back injury since he pulled out of the BMW Championship on Sept. 11. It is unclear when he will be able to return. 

Continue for updates.

Day Out for World Cup of Golf

Thursday, Oct. 6

Ben Everill of PGATour.com announced Day will not participate in the World Cup of Golf in November.

Everill provided a statement from Day:

“I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year. I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott on one of my favorite courses Kingston Heath the following week at the World Cup in Melbourne.

My plan is to return home to Australia in 2017."

What Day's Injury Means for Trajectory

Day was three under par through one round and seven holes when he initially withdrew from the BMW Championship. , but he was unable to continue his pursuit of his first Tour Championship win and FedEx Cup crown at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

"Jason has a strained ligament in his lower right back with muscle spasm," Day's management team said, per Joel Beall of Golf Digest. "He withdrew as a precautionary measure. Jason should be fine with some rest after a long break in the offseason."

Day appeared to injure his back hitting a driver out of the rough on Friday, per Beall.

The 2015 PGA Championship winner entered the Tour Championship fourth in the FedEx Cup standings behind Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Adam Scott.

While the timetable for Day's return is unclear, the Tour Championship is the final big tournament of 2016, and ESPN.com's Jason Sobel believes the 28-year-old's season is over.

Day would have had a significant mountain to climb in terms of winning the FedEx Cup since Johnson is faring well at the Tour Championship, but the fact the Australian dropped out means there is one less threat standing between DJ and the title.

As for Day, the first major tourney of 2017 isn't until April when the Masters tees off, which means he has a great deal of recovery time at his disposal should he need it.


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