Jason Day has been injured again. Image: Getty
The return of Jason Day to some appearance of his world number 1 form has been stalled by a back injury that forced him to step out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida today.
The Australian retreated after six holes of the first round.
Later he said that he practiced TPC Sawgrass last week, but has worsened an old injury
"(I) then got an MRI-Monday, which came back that I had a ring-shaped tear in my disk, and then I also have facet problems," he said. "My back was painful when I was practicing from Tuesday to Saturday and I started practicing on Sunday, but I woke up and could not really walk or sit in the car.
"I was in a dose package to get the inflammation out and that did not get any better, I saw a physical therapist here (in Orlando) and tried to do as much work as possible to prepare this week, I could not play 100 percent today, so I just wanted to see if I could get out of here and (my back) might have gotten some looser, but unfortunately it did not work, so I had to get out of it. "
The injury is poorly timed with the players coming and only a few weeks before the Masters, not to mention the expectation that Day later this year will lead the international team at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.
The Queenslander's career has been devastated by an injury and illness, including a bad hand injury and a dizzying situation in 2018. He won his only major championship, the US PGA, in 2015 and was world number one on three different occasions in 2015- 2016 His current ranking is number X and his last victory was in early 2018.