Day feels back pain, but manages 68 at Barclays


EDISON, N.J. – For the man who just lifted major championship golf’s heaviest chalice, the Wanamaker Trophy, it was the simple act of moving a box from underneath his bus that nearly sent Jason Day back to the DL.

Day, who is making his first start this week at The Barclays since winning the PGA Championship, said he “tweaked” his back on Tuesday while he was moving a box, but an MRI that afternoon showed he hadn’t suffered another serious injury.

“Everything I'm doing in the gym is working. Really trying to push that disc back in,” said Day, who opened with a 2-under 68 on Thursday at Plainfield Country Club. “I'm doing everything I possibly can to try and relax the back spasms that I have.”

The Australian, who withdrew from Wednesday’s pro-am because of his ailing back, said drives at Nos. 12 and 16 caused him to feel discomfort.

“There were a couple of swings out there that hurt. That one on 16 definitely hurt,” said Day, whose trainer had been trying to get him to have an MRI before the start the playoffs. “But once everything started warming up, got loose and I was fine after that.”

His drive at the 16th hole sailed left and he bogeyed the par 5 but was otherwise not impacted by this most recent ailment. Day withdrew from last year’s BMW Championship with a back injury and was slowed earlier this year with what was diagnosed as benign positional vertigo.