Former World No. Jason Day withdrew from the John Deere Classic before the start of round one on Thursday due to a back injury.
Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship of his 12 Tour titles, has been winless for more than three years. He has plummeted to number 137 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Day, 34, missed the cut at the Travelers Championship last week. He has only managed one top-10 finish this season, tied for third at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. The Aussie finished T-55 in May at the PGA Championship, the only major he has qualified this season. He will not be in the field for next week’s British Open at St Andrews, where he finished T-4 in 2015, and a top finish at the John Deere was his last chance to earn a spot in the 150th Open.
Day’s most recent withdrawal from a PGA Tour event was at the 2021 Memorial, when he said he had adjusted his shaky back. Before that, he withdrew from the 2020 CJ Cup in Las Vegas during the final round with a neck injury, where he was in the race.
Day has dealt with a series of injuries, mainly to his back, and has dealt with spasms that flare up periodically.
Last year he started working with instructor Chris Como and made changes to his swing to take the stress off his back. Earlier this year he claimed to be ‘injury free’.
Day was replaced in the field at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois by Ted Potter III.