Date: September 24, 2014
Author: Martin Blake/

Injured Day out of Open

n Day has pulled out of the Emirates Australian Open due to a back injury.

Day, who had an injury-riddled season in America, has been told by his trainers and medical staff to take several months off to correct his problems, which include disc bulge in the back and a wrist and hand injury.

The Queenslander flagged his intentions after the Tour Championship in Atlanta recently, but Golf Australia was informed today that he would withdraw.

The field for The Australian from 27 November still includes the world No. 1 player, Rory McIlroy and world No. 2 Adam Scott. McIlroy is defending the title he won at Royal Sydney last year in a dramatic final hole against Scott.

GA’s chief executive Stephen Pitt was philosophical about Day’s situation.

“It’s totally understandable that Jason needs to attend to his physical health at the end of a long season when he’s struggled with injuries,’’ said  Pitt.

“We would have loved Jason to play at the Open again but it’s not possible. We think that it’s in Australian golf’s longer-term interests that he gets back to full fitness for 2015 and hopefully wins a couple of majors as well. In the meantime we still have an excellent field for the Open with the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked players in the world committed to playing.’’