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Day diagnosed with viral infection; will play Open

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Jason Day has been diagnosed with a viral infection but is expected to be ready for next week’s Open Championship, according to Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis.

Day, who withdrew from the Byron Nelson Championship and then collapsed at the U.S. Open because of vertigo, has a viral infection that is attacking an inner ear nerve, according to Lewis. The 27-year-old Australian is now taking medication and “feels ready” for the Open. 

Day met recently with Dr. John Oas, a specialist in neurology and vertigo at Ohio State. After reviewing Day’s blood work and two sleep studies, Oas diagnosed Day as having an infection in his right ear.

It is possible that Day could suffer another episode of vertigo, but his medication significantly decreases those odds.

Day, who played in the final group on U.S. Open Sunday and tied for ninth, plans to leave for St. Andrews on Thursday. When the Open was last held on the Old Course, in 2010, he tied for 60th