Jason Day, the No. 11 ranked golfer in the world, withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday because of a back injury he sustained after playing seven holes.
Day, who has a history of back issues, started his opening round on the back nine at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. He hit his second shot at the par-5 16th hole and then left the course on a golf cart. He was 2-over at the time he withdrew.
Day, 31, said earlier this week that he strained his back Sunday, but he was trying to play through the issue, taking anti-inflammatory medication.
His status for next week’s Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s signature event, remains unknown. Day won the Players Championship in 2016.
Day’s previous start on tour came when he tied for fourth at the Feb. 7-10 Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour.
–Field Level Media