You don’t need a white coat and four years of residency to know that we all have different immune systems. We all get sick at different rates but Jason Day (and his family) seem rather compromised in this department, however.
Day announced his pulling out of next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship due to a double ear infection…as well as the flu. Damn.
And as is customary in such cases, Team Day issued this statement.
“I’m truly disappointed to announce that I won’t be able to play in next week’s World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship. I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year.”
We can add this latest withdrawal to Day’s ever-growing list of injury and illness. Most recently, it’s been his back: Day shut it down early at the end of 2015-2016 to rest his ailing dorsal region. He famously battled through vertigo at the 2015 U.S. Open and he was sick during both the 2016 PGA Championship and U.S. Open.
2017, thus far, hasn’t been great for Jason Day. In three starts, he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, tied for fifth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and tied for 64th at the Genesis Open. He also lost his top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to Dustin Johnson.
While Day’s withdrawal is completely legit, you can’t deny that these piling ailments are taking a toll on his career. It’s hard not to question what it will take for him to stay healthy for an extended period of time, during his prime at 29-years-old.