Jason Day withdraws from WGC-Mexico Championship due to illness

Jason Day withdraws from WGC-Mexico Championship due to illness

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Jason Day withdraws from WGC-Mexico Championship due to illness

Jason Day is out of the WGC-Mexico Championship as the World No. 2 has withdrawn from next week’s event due to a double ear infection and the flu, the PGA Tour announced Sunday.

The Aussie followed up with a statement expressing his regret at not being able to participate in the tournament.

“I’m truly disappointed to announce that I won’t be able to play in next week’s World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship,” Day said. “I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year.”

Day has struggled so far in 2017. In three full-field events starting with the Farmers Insurance Open, Day has a T-5 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am sandwiched in between a missed cut at Torrey Pines and a T-64 at the Genesis Open. He also lost his No. 1 ranking last week as Dustin Johnson seized the top spot with a victory at Riviera.

This illness news means one of golf’s biggest stars will be out the week one of its others makes his return. Rory McIlroy plans to compete in the WGC-Mexico Championship, his first tournament back since a stress fracture in one of his ribs forced him to take time off as that injury healed.

Day has no short history of issues himself. The 29-year-old has experienced back problems as well, withdrawing from events due to his back for years. Most recently, Day withdrew during the final two events of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season because of his back. He then proceeded to take some time off the remainder of the fall to rest his back.

But illness also hasn’t been absent in Day’s life. The Aussie noted on a few occasions in 2016 that he was sick, doing so at the U.S. Open and again at the PGA Championship in particular. Day, remember, has previously battled with bouts of vertigo, most notably when the Aussie collapsed from a vertigo spell during the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open.

It’s unclear if Day’s latest illness will affect his future schedule beyond next week. The World No. 2 committed earlier this week to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, to be played March 16-19. Day is the defending champion there.

Day also has the following week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Players Championship (May 11-14) as upcoming titles to defend.

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