World number one Jason Day has made a shock withdrawal from the Australian Open and the World Cup of Golf.
The Aussie golfer made the announcement on Friday morning, revealing that he had no choice but to withdraw due to an ongoing back injury.
“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,” Day said in a statement.
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“My plan is to return home to Australia in 2017.
“My best wishes to all in Sydney at the Open and to Adam and Team Australia in Melbourne at the World Cup. I appreciate the understanding and patience of my Australian fans.”
Sad to have to announce this news but it is the best decision for my rehab. Thanks to my Aussie fans for your patience & understanding. pic.twitter.com/yp4G5IHlbh
— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) October 6, 2016