Jason Day withdraws from Wyndham Championship

Former world No. 1 Jason Day withdrew from the Wyndham Championship before the second round, citing illness.

The 34-year-old Australian dropped to No. 140 in the world and hasn’t won since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. He opened the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup regular season final with a 3-under 67 at the Sedgefield Golf Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, and entered Friday’s game tied for 23rd, six shots off the lead held by John Huh.

Day will likely be eligible for next week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events. Day entered this week at No. 115 in the points list, with the top 125 advancing to the first event of the playoffs.

Day developed a reputation for withdrawing from tournaments, often due to injury, as his body grew increasingly frail. In the grand scheme of things, illness should be less of a concern than a back injury for his ability to do so next week. This marked the 12th WD of Day’s career and makes it four consecutive seasons in which he retired for at least one tournament. He also pulled out before the John Deere Classic last month due to a back injury.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship among his 12 titles on the Tour, entered the Wyndham Championship having made it through seven of his last eight starts. He has recorded just one top 10 this season, a tie for third place at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, while surpassing $50 million in career earnings.

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