GOLF: A month out from The Masters, Australia's world No.2 Jason Day is not playing golf, again, this time laid low by a "double ear infection and the flu".
Having lost his world No.1 ranking after an underwhelming start to the season, Day now has one less tournament to prepare for Augusta after pulling out of this week's WGC event in Mexico.
"I'm truly disappointed to announce that I won't be able to play in next week's World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship," Day said via a statement.
"I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament."
Day has rarely been fully fit the past six months having been forced to end his 2016 campaign early after twice withdrawing from PGA Tour playoff events last September.
He took an extended time off to overcome the back issues that plagued him through those late season events and didn't return to tournament play until January.
This year the 29-year-old has managed just four starts, and missed the cut at one of them, the Farmer's Insurance Open, giving him just 14 competitive rounds of golf in five months.
Before the Genesis Open in Los Angeles last week, Day's last start, he revealed he is managing a bulging disc in his back.
"It seems like it's going all the way across the back, it's low back but usually it crunches on the right side," he said.
"I had 3D testing, bio testing on my swing and you have a 12-sensor suit on and that tells you exactly what's going on in your body when you swing a golf club. As the last two years before this year went on, my swing got a little bit longer.
"With that, I felt like when it got a little longer, my back kind of tilted over a little bit more so when your back tilts over, it crunches down. It's hard to explain."
But the Queenslander remains positive that it won't be a major hindrance going forward.
"I want to improve so I'm going to do something about my back and I'm going to do something about all the other injuries that have possibly come up," he said.
Day remains third favourite for the Masters, which begins on April 6, behind Jordan Spieth and new world number one Dustin Johnson.
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