Jason Day pulled out of the Wyndham Championship ahead of the second round on Friday, citing illness.
This is a surprising development after the former world No. 1 went 3-67 in the first round of the PGA Tour regular season finals.
Day currently sits 115th in the FedExCup standings, qualifying for the first playoff of the FedEx St. Jude next week. Sitting 10 spaces ahead of the cutoff might be an uncomfortable position, but it was probably enough for Day to pick his health rather than get a few more points at Sedgefield Country Club.
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Prior to his departure, Day had a solid start at Windham, finishing Thursday in T-23 thanks to five birdies and just two scarecrows at the end of the round.
The best result of the day this season was T-3 at the Farmers Insurance Open tournament. His most recent Tour victory came in the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.
In March, Day lost his mother, Dening, after a five-year battle with cancer. He withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational that week to be next to her. He returned to competition the following week at The Players Championship.
Two more players withdrew from the Wyndham Championship before the start of the second round: Adam Long (illness) and Brian Gay (wrist).
Gay entered the week at number 184 on the FedExCup rankings. He will miss the playoffs but is completely exempt from the Tour next season after winning the 2020 Bermuda Championship.