Jason Day announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues to rehab a back injury.
According to an AAP report, Day's medical team feels the flight from his home in Ohio to his native Australia for the Nov. 27-30 event is too great a risk for the back injury that knocked him out of the BMW Championship earlier this month.
"I'm disappointed I can't make the trip home for what I'm sure will be a great tournament but I have to give myself the best chance for an injury-free 2015," Day said. "I hope to be able to make up for it in the future and try to add the national championship to my trophy case."
The PGA of Australia announced Day's withdrawal Wednesday on Twitter:
Day's year got off to a strong start with his victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, but from there he was unable to remain healthy. A thumb injury caused him to miss most of the spring, as the Masters was his lone start between his win at Dove Mountain and the Memorial in June. He then withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with vertigo before back pain led to an early exit at Cherry Hills.
Despite the injuries, Day had an otherwise successful year, with two runner-up finishes in addition to his victory and T-4 results at both the U.S. Open and Tour Championship. He is currently ranked No. 8 in the OWGR.
While Day will be a notable loss to the field, the Australian Open still has commitments from each of the top two players in the world ranking, as Rory McIlroy rallied to defeat Adam Scott a year ago and both are expected to tee it up once again in Sydney.