Jason Day withdraws from World Cup of Golf to rest back during off season

    Adam Scott now has opportunity to choose his partner for November’s team event in Melbourne

    Melbourne, Australia – Tournament officials announced today that a back injury has forced Australian Jason Day to withdraw from the upcoming World Cup of Golf where the 10-time winner on the PGA TOUR was planning on returning to his native country for the first time since he and partner Adam Scott won the event in 2013. Scott, now the highest-ranked player from Australia, has the opportunity to select his partner to form one of the 28 two-man teams who will represent their countries in the World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club, from November 23-27.
    After tearing a ligament in his back towards the end of the 2016 PGATOUR season, forcing his withdrawal from the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship, Day has been advised to rest until 2017. The prognosis for a successful return to playing is not at issue, but the timing of the long trip to Australia in the midst of his rehabilitation and rest period was not recommended.
    “I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year. I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott on one of my favorite courses Kingston Heath the following week at the World Cup in Melbourne,” Day said in a statement.
    “My plan is to return home to Australia in 2017. My best wishes to all in Sydney at the Open and to Adam and Team Australia in Melbourne at the World Cup.”
    In addition, Day was forced to withdraw from a charity match planned against former world No.1 Rory McIlroy to be played in the Philippines on November 29. The “Battle for a Cause” was set to raise significant funds in his mother’s homeland.
    “It’s unfortunate to lose Jason from the Australian team for this event. I know many Australians were eager to see him return as World No. 1 and defend his World Cup title with Adam,” said Executive Director Matt Kamienski. “But Jason’s long-term health should always remain the priority. With some rest in the coming months, we hope that Jason will be back on the course at 100 percent and that we will see him in Australia in 2017. With Adam now leading the way, we fully expect the Australian team to remain one of the favourites in this year’s event, no matter what player he selects to go against what will remain a stellar and world-class field in one of the best events on golf’s calendar.”
    The 2016 World Cup of Golf will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format.  The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
    World Cup of Golf 2016 Field
    Player                             Country      Partner
    Adam Scott                   AUS             TBD
    Rickie Fowler               USA             Jimmy Walker
    Danny Willett               ENG             Lee Westwood
    Hideki Matsuyama    JPN              Ryo Ishikawa
    Russell Knox                 SCO              Duncan Stewart
    Rafa Cabrera Bello     ESP               Jon Rahm
    Shane Lowry                IRL                Graeme McDowell
    Byeong Hun An           KOR             K.T. Kim
    Thongchai Jaidee       THA              Kiradech Aphibarnrat
    Soren Kjeldsen           DEN             Thorbjorn Olesen
    Danny Lee                     NZL              Ryan Fox
    Alex Noren                   SWE             David Lingmerth
    Francesco Molinari    ITA               Matteo Manassero
    Bernd Wiesberger     AUT             Martin Wiegele
    Thomas Pieters           BEL               Nicolas Colsaerts
    Joost Luiten                  NED             Darius van Driel
    Jaco Van Zyl                  RSA              George Coetzee
    Jamie Donaldson        WAL             Bradley Dredge
    Jhonattan Vegas        VEN             Julio Vegas
    Victor Dubuisson        FRA              Romain Langasque
    Alex Cejka                     GER              Stephan Jaeger
    Ricardo Gouveia         POR             Jose-Filipe Lima
    David Hearn                 CAN             Graham DeLaet
    Ashun Wu                     CHN             Haotong Li
    Miguel Tabuena         PHI               Angelo Que
    Cheng Tsung Pan       TPE               Chan Shih-chang
    SSP Chawrasia             IND              S Chikarangappa
    Danny Chia                   MAS            Nicholas Fung