Adam Scott will choose his partner to play in November’s World Cup of Golf after injury forced Jason Day’s withdrawal.
Day, as the top-ranked player, had previously chosen Scott as his partner for Australia at Kingston Heath from 23-27 November.
But when a back ailment forced Day to withdraw from both the World Cup and the Emirates Australian Open today, World Cup executive director Matt Kamienski said his replacement was now in Scott’s hands.
“With Adam now leading the way, we fully expect the Australian team to remain one of the favourites in this year’s event,” Kamienski said.
“No matter what player he selects to go (with, it) will remain a stellar and world-class field in one of the best events on golf’s calendar.
“It’s unfortunate to lose Jason from the Australian team for this event. I know many Australians were eager to see him return as World No. 1 and defend his World Cup title with Adam.
“But Jason’s long-term health should always remain the priority.
“With some rest in the coming months, we hope that Jason will be back on the course at 100 per cent and that we will see him in Australia in 2017.”
Looking through the rankings, Marc Leishman, a good friend of Scott and closest witness to his 2013 Masters heroics, is the most likely alternative.
Leishman is yet to formalise his end-of-2016 schedule.
Other possible alternatives to complete the Australian team include Olympians Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser, or Scott’s PGA Tour-mate and fellow Queenslander John Senden, all of whom have experience around the Sandbelt masterpiece.