Back injury forces Jason Day to briefly quit golf, cancel trips to Australia and Philippines

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Jason Day watches his tee shot on the third hole during the 2016 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, Sep. 22, 2016. USA TODAY Sports/Butch Dill/Reuters

The world’s number one ranked golfer, Jason Day, has withdrawn from competing for several tournaments in Australia, as well as from a charity match to raise funds for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

On Twitter, Day announced his bitter decision to withdraw from the 2016 Emirates Australian Open in Sydney and the 2016 World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, as well as from the “Battle for a Cause” charity match against Irish Rory McIlroy in Manila on Nov. 29.

The 28-year-old golfer has been advised to miss the end of his 2016 PGA Tour season in order to recover from his back injury. According to his team of physicians, Day could return to playing next season if he takes time to rest and rehabilitate from his back injury.

“I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year,” the Beaudesert born professional golfer said.

“I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott on one of my favorite courses Kingston Heath the following week at the World Cup in Melbourne.”

Day, nevertheless, assured his fans of his return to Australia next year.

“My plan is to return home to Australia in 2017. I appreciate the understanding and patience of my Australian fans,” he added.

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 Aside from missing his trip to Australia, Day’s decision to miss a trip back to the Philippines strikes a personal chord. Day’s mother, Dening, hails from Central Visayas, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

“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.”

Dening’s mother and seven other relatives were reportedly among the 6,300 casualties of the deadly 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,” he said.