Jason Day withdrew from the 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday (AEDT). 

Day, 34, is a former champion at Bay Hill, winning the event in 2016. No reason was given for his WD although Australian Golf Digest understands it may be for personal reasons.

The 2015 PGA champ has battled numerous injuries throughout his career, including chronic back pain. It is the third time in four years Day has withdrawn from the API, the prior two instances back-related ailments. 

After slipping outside the top 125 in the OWGR, the former World No.1 was enjoying something of a bounce-back campaign to begin 2022 with a T-3 at the Farmers Insurance Open and a top-25 finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Just this week Day told Australian Golf Digest he was remaining upbeat after three years of lacklustre results and soul-searching, thanks largely to some words of advice from Tiger Woods.

There is no immediate word of this puts his appearance at next week’s Players Championship – a tournament he won in 2016 – in doubt. 

Day was scheduled to be in one of the broadcast’s featured Thursday and Friday pairings with Tyrrell Hatton and Marc Leishman. Day will be replaced in the field by David Lipsky.