The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer, Jason Day, has withdrawn from the finale of the FedEx Cup Playoffs due to a back injury. His premature departure came after the eighth hole of the second-round while his management team has released a statement clarifying the reason for the withdrawal.
“Jason has a strained ligament in his lower right back with muscle spasm,” the statement explained. “He withdrew as a precautionary measure. Jason should be fine with some rest after a long break in the offseason.”
This becomes the second consecutive FedEx Cup Playoffs in which the 28-year-old from Beaudesert, Australia, has been unable to complete due to injury. The injuries are recurrent of another dominant golfer who was befallen by back injuries in Tiger Woods. The level of dominance Day has displayed over the sport conjures to mind images of Woods with Day having won the PGA Championship in 2015 before placing second in 2016.
Since turning pro in 2006, Day has 15 tournament wins to his name. While he is only won a single major, he has second-place finishes in the 2011 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, and one also in 2013 in the U.S. Open. Apart of his successful run in 2015 that propelled him to the ranking of world No. 1 was also his fourth-place finish in The Open Championship.
While he has jockeyed for position as the world’s No. 1 player between Jordan Spieth and also Rory McIlory, Day currently owns the top spot, despite his withdrawal. Depending on who finishes the weekend atop the scoreboard, he may not be there for long, but due his back injury, Day will have to watch the rest of the event from the sidelines.