An injury plagued 2014 has meant Jason Day will miss the Australian Open.
After a few weeks of speculation, Jason Day has confirmed he will miss the 2014 Australian Open to be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney in November.
Day has had a rough year with injuries and most recently had to withdraw from the BMW Championship with a back injury. The 26-year-old Queenslander managed to play in the season ending TOUR Championship a few weeks ago but won’t be making the trip to Australia.
He told Ben Everill the long travel time would be ill-advised for his back injury;
“I’m disappointed I can’t make the trip home for what I’m sure will be a great tournament but I have to give myself the best chance for an injury free 2015,” Day told AAP.
“I hope to be able to make up for it in the future and try to add the national championship to my trophy case.”
Australian Open organisers are disappointed but are looking on the bright side;
“It’s totally understandable that Jason needs to attend to his physical health at the end of a long season when he’s struggled with injuries,” Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said.
“We would have loved Jason to play at the Open again but it’s not possible. We think that it’s in Australian golf’s longer-term interests that he gets back to full fitness for 2015 and hopefully wins a couple of majors as well.
“In the meantime we still have an excellent field for the Open with the No.1 (Rory McIlroy) and No.2 (Adam Scott) ranked players in the world committed to playing.”