ATLANTA – Jason Day made an effortless swing on East Lake’s practice tee Wednesday morning and immediately grabbed his back. “Got you,” he smiled toward his assembled team and the media huddled around him.
The Australian’s playful approach to his most recent medical set back, an ailing back that led to his withdrawal from last week’s BMW Championship after one round, was a sure sign that he was keeping the injury in perspective, but that doesn’t mean he’s content with his current predicament.
“It feels fine, just tight. This is the real test,” said Day as he pointed to the practice tee.
Day, who was slowed earlier this season by a thumb injury, said he played a “few” holes on Tuesday at East Lake and spent most of Wednesday chipping and putting. His trainer explained the injury as “structural wear and tear” and Day had an MRI last Friday.
Despite an injury-plagued season that has limited him to just 14 starts, Day is currently 10th on the FedEx Cup points list.