Jason Day withdraws from Australia tournaments, Manila charity match

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Jason Day became the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship after Steve Elkington (1995), Wayne Grady (1990), David Graham (1979) and Jim Ferrier (1947).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — World's No. 1 golfer Jason Day announced on Friday that he will miss the 2016 Emirates Australian Open, the 2016 World Cup of Golf, and the "Battle for a Cause" charity match in Manila due to injury.

According to a statement, Day was advised to nurse a back injury that bothered him during the 2016 PGA Tour.

The statement also said that Day’s doctors advised him to take the rest of the season off in preparation for 2017.

 

The Australian-Filipino Day will miss out on a homecoming to Australia and the Philippines this year.

“I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year,” Day said in a statement. “I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott.”

“My plan is to return home to Australia in 2017,” Day added.

Day also revealed that he was going to take his Filipino mother with him to the Philippines, but he will now have to wait until 2017 to finally visit.

“I’m quite saddened about missing our trip to the Philippines,” Day said. “I was planning on taking my mom back to her home in the Philippines to visit where we lost members of our family in the typhoon.”

“We are going to raise much needed funds for these worthy causes brought on by this disaster, and I look forward to being there in 2017 to help get this work done.”

The organizers of the scheduled "Battle for a Cause" charity event in the Philippines have announced that they are in the process of finding a suitable replacement for Day.