Jason Day withdraws from Presidents Cup with back injury, replaced by Byeong Hun An


Jason Day has withdrawn from the International Presidents Cup team with a back injury and has been replaced by Byeong Hun An

Jason Day has become the second player to pull out of this year's Presidents Cup with an injury after hurting his back while practicing in Palm Springs.

Day, who was named as one of International Captain Ernie Els' four wildcard picks, will now miss the chance of competing in front of home crowds at Royal Melbourne, and will also miss the Australian Open.

The former World No.1, who was prepping for the biennial contest when the injury occured, has suffered numerous back injuries throughout his career, and said his medical team had told him to 'shut down all practice and play'. 

"I'm quite disappointed I won't be coming home to play in either the Australian Open in Sydney or the Presidents Cup the following week in Melbourne," Day said in a statement, although he omitted any specifics. "I was quite looking forward to both events.

"I had been prepping all week in Palm Springs when I was injured. Frustratingly, I've been through back problems before and my medical team decided it best to shut down all practice and play.

“Therefore, I wanted to inform Golf Australia as well as provide Ernie as much time as possible to best prepare our International Team for Royal Melbourne. I look forward to playing at home in the near future. My best to all the competitors in Sydney and my teammates in Melbourne.”

Day has now been replaced by World No. 43 Byeong Hun An, who will be the seventh rookie in the International side when the Presidents Cup takes place from December 12-15.

"I'm sorry to hear that Jason [Day] has been forced to withdraw from the International Team and I wish him a speedy recovery," An said.

"It was a huge surprise to receive a call from Ernie [Els] who told me that I was in the team. It has been a goal of mine all season to be on the International Team and I am honoured to play in my first Presidents Cup."