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Jason Day withdraws from Memorial, likely sealing U.S. Open fate

Jason Day at 2021 WGC Dell Match Play
Jason Day withdraws from the Memorial Tournament, citing back pain, likely ending his hopes of playing in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he has won twice.

Australian, who lives just east of Muirfield Village Golf Club, won’t qualify for Open at Torrey Pines, where he owns 2 PGA Tour titles

Jason Day withdrew early Thursday from the Memorial Tournament, citing a back injury, the PGA Tour announced.

The early exit means that he likely will not be eligible to compete in the U.S. Open in two weeks. Day, who ranks No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking, needs to move into the top 60 coming out of Memorial to earn a spot at the U.S. Open, which is set for June 17-20 at Torrey Pines’ South Course in San Diego. Day has won two of his 12 PGA Tour titles at Torrey Pines during the annual stop on the West Coast Swing.

“Unfortunately I’ve had to make the decision to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament with a back injury,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “While my body has been great, recently I tweaked my back on Monday, and while we tried to get it right over the last few days, ultimately I felt the best decision was not to put it at further risk.”

Day, a 33-year-old Australian, and his family make their home in Westerville, Ohio, about 13 miles east of Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin via the Jack Nicklaus Freeway.

According to the PGA Tour, Day was not expected to enter sectional qualifying on Monday. Thus, he would miss his first major championship since the 2012 British Open and his first U.S. Open since he finished second in his debut in 2011 at Congressional, won by Rory McIlroy. Day won the 2015 PGA at Whistling Straits.

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