For all the talent and PGA Tour wins Jason Day has to his credit (12, including the 2015 PGA Championship title), there remains a lingering undercurrent to his career. As hard as he might try to shake it, the 32-year-old Aussie is equally well known for being injury prone, a reputation that was only amplified on Sunday at the CJ Cup.
Starting the final round at Shadow Creek Golf Club five shots back of 54-hole leader Russell Henley in a tie for sixth place after rounds of 70-70-66, Day played one hole before being forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a neck injury.
The PGA Tour did not offer any specifics on the injury after announcing Day had pulled out of the tournament. PGATour.com writer Ben Everill did send this out on Twitter:
Before starting @JDayGolf Couldn’t move his head / neck. Had some work done but couldn’t get it loose. Tried to go but was clearly hampered.
— Ben Everill (@BEverillPGATOUR) October 18, 2020
This was the 11th PGA Tour event that Day had officially withdrawn from in his career dating back to 2009. The last time he recorded a WD was in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he dropped out during the second round due to back issues.
This comes after Day had played some of his best golf in years. After missing the cut in three of his first four starts when the PGA Tour resumed play in June, Day posted four straight top-seven finishes including a T-4 at the PGA Championship in August. In turn, his World Ranking moved from 63rd the first week of July, his worst showing since August 2010, to 32nd.
In two starts during the 2020-’21 PGA Tour season, Day had a T-38 showing at the US Open at Winged Foot and a missed cut last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.