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Former World No. 1 Jason Day withdraws from Wyndham Championship ahead of second round

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Former world No. 1 Jason Day withdrew from the Wyndham Championship ahead of the second round, citing illness.

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The 34-year-old Australian has dropped to 140th in the world and has not won since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. He opened the 3-man under-67 FedEx PGA Tour Regular Season Finals at Sedgefield Golf Club in Greensboro, NC and entered Friday’s game in 23rd place, six strokes behind John Hugh’s lead.

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Day is likely to be eligible for the FedEx St. Jude Championship next week in Memphis, the first of three FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. Day finished 115th on the points list this week, with the top 125 advancing to the first round of the playoffs.

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Day developed a reputation for withdrawing from tournaments, often due to injury, as his body became increasingly frail. By and large, illness should be less of a concern for him than a back injury if he can play next week. This marked the 12th WD of Day’s career and four consecutive seasons in which he withdrew from at least one tournament. He also withdrew from competition before the John Deere Classic last month due to a back injury.

Day, who won the 2015 PGA Championship among his 12 tour titles, entered the Wyndham Championship, winning seven of his last eight starts. He has made only one top 10 finish this season, finishing third at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, and has earned over $50 million in career earnings.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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