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Day hopeful to play on after back injury

 
 
 
World No.2 Jason Day has suffered a back injury in his opening round 3&2 win over Graeme McDowell at the World Golf Championships Match Play, potentially putting his Masters tilt in doubt.
Day was three-up after 14 holes when he winced in pain hitting a tee shot on the 15th hole, straining something in his lower back and suffering nerve pain.
He was able to scratch out halves in the next two holes to win the match but was in serious discomfort, struggling to walk.
"It's really hard to play with searing pain in both sides of your lower back," Day told AAP between the 15th and 16th holes.
When McDowell missed a putt on the 16th to continue the match Day was filled with relief, but also serious pain and hustled straight inside for treatment.
"I'm really struggling. Just my back has seized up and I need to get inside right away for treatment and see what's wrong," he said.
His second match against Thongchai Jaidee isn't scheduled until Thursday afternoon and it's unclear if Day will continue in the tournament.
With the Masters just two weeks away the injury couldn't come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has battled injury and illness throughout his career.
Day came back from two down after the first four holes to win his match against the former US Open champion from Northern Ireland.
Marc Leishman sits one-up over American Ryan Moore after 12 holes, Matt Jones is all square with Louis Oosthuizen after seven holes.
Adam Scott is all square after two holes and Marcus Fraser one-down after the first hole.
 


 


 


 


World No.2 Jason Day has suffered a back injury in his opening round 3&2 win over Graeme McDowell at the World Golf Championships Match Play, potentially putting his Masters tilt in doubt.


Day was three-up after 14 holes when he winced in pain hitting a tee shot on the 15th hole, straining something in his lower back and suffering nerve pain.


He was able to scratch out halves in the next two holes to win the match but was in serious discomfort, struggling to walk.


"It's really hard to play with searing pain in both sides of your lower back," Day told AAP between the 15th and 16th holes.


When McDowell missed a putt on the 16th to continue the match Day was filled with relief, but also serious pain and hustled straight inside for treatment.


"I'm really struggling. Just my back has seized up and I need to get inside right away for treatment and see what's wrong," he said.


His second match against Thongchai Jaidee isn't scheduled until Thursday afternoon and it's unclear if Day will continue in the tournament.


With the Masters just two weeks away the injury couldn't come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has battled injury and illness throughout his career.


Day came back from two down after the first four holes to win his match against the former US Open champion from Northern Ireland.


Marc Leishman sits one-up over American Ryan Moore after 12 holes, Matt Jones is all square with Louis Oosthuizen after seven holes.


Adam Scott is all square after two holes and Marcus Fraser one-down after the first hole.


 

 

World No.2 Jason Day has suffered a back injury in his opening round 3&2 win over Graeme McDowell at the World Golf Championships Match Play, potentially putting his Masters tilt in doubt.

Day was three-up after 14 holes when he winced in pain hitting a tee shot on the 15th hole, straining something in his lower back and suffering nerve pain.<image="x" align="left" /><image="x" align="left" /><image="x" align="left" /><image="x" align="left" /><image="x" align="left" />

Jason Day
Jason Day plays at Austin Country Club.

Jason Day won the battle, but time will tell if he loses the war.

Day played some occasionally brilliant golf to beat Graeme McDowell 3&2 in the opening match of the WGC World Match Play Championship in Texas.

But with the Masters just two weeks away, Day suffered a painful back injury while hitting a driver on the 15th hole.

The Queenslander battled hard for the next 15 minutes and shook hands when McDowell missed a chance to extend the match on the 16th green.

He quickly left the course for treatment, with manager Bud Martin later issuing a statement saying Day was hopeful of playing on at the Austin Country Club.

“Jason tweaked his back on hole No.15 and had some work done post-round,” Martin confirmed.

“He is pleased with the outcome of the match and is getting prepared to play tomorrow.”

Earlier, the world No.2 told AAP correspondent Ben Everill he was “really struggling” before he left the course in obvious discomfort and battling to walk properly.

"It's really hard to play with searing pain in both sides of your lower back," Day told AAP.

“Just my back has seized up and I need to get inside right away for treatment and see what's wrong.”

His second match against Thongchai Jaidee isn't scheduled until later tomorrow.

With the Masters just two weeks away, the injury couldn't come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has battled injury and illness throughout his career.

Day came back from two down after the first four holes to win his match against the former US Open champion from Northern Ireland.

He made birdies on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 12th holes to re-establish a lead, then hung on with pars after that run established a 3-up lead.

Marc Leishman blew a golden chance to take out Ryan Moore when the Victorian couldn’t scramble a par on the closing hole and the American’s four proved enough for a halved match.

Matt Jones led early against Louis Oosthuizen, but the South African made some key birdies on the second nine and eventually held sway 2&1.

Marcus Fraser didn’t play badly against Zach Johnson, but the reigning Open champion was six under when they shook hands on the 15th green with the Aussie suffering a 4&3 loss.

World No.6 Adam Scott was kicking himself after blowing a 2-up lead with three to play in halving his match with Thomas Pieters. The Queenslander led from the sixth hole to the 17th green and looked in command until the Belgian fired two late birdies he couldn't match. 

 

 


"I'm really struggling. Just my back has seized up and I need to get inside right away for treatment and see what's wrong," he said.


His second match against Thongchai Jaidee isn't scheduled until Thursday afternoon and it's unclear if Day will continue in the tournament.


With the Masters just two weeks away the injury couldn't come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has battled injury and illness throughout his career.


Day came back from two down after the first four holes to win his match against the former US Open champion from Northern Ireland.


Marc Leishman sits one-up over American Ryan Moore after 12 holes, Matt Jones is all square with Louis Oosthuizen after seven holes.


Adam Scott is all square after two holes and Marcus Fraser one-down after the first hole.
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