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Day sitting out until Players to rest thumb

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 07: Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the third round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 7, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)  - 

Jason Day won’t compete again until next month’s Players Championship to allow his injured left thumb to heal, according to a report Tuesday by the AAP

The world No. 5 withdrew from this week’s RBC Heritage after experiencing minor discomfort and swelling in his thumb after the Masters, according to the report.

“I think it’s all good but after having to miss so long last time I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks,” he told Ben Everill of the AAP. “I am confident it won’t be a long-term issue.”

Day won the WGC-Match Play in February but then pulled out of Doral and Bay Hill because of the injury. He was able to play all four rounds at the Masters, finishing in a tie for 20th, but now will take another three weeks off before his next event.

The AAP also notes that Day, who has played only four events this season, may now be forced to add a few tournaments this summer to meet the 15-event minimum requirement to stay a PGA Tour member.