Day withdraws from British Open

The R&A have announced that Queenslander Jason Day has officially withdrawn from next week’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham, following the birth of his first child. Day’s wife Ellie gave birth to a son, Dash James Day on Tuesday this week.

Day, the 21st ranked player in the world, will not be directly replaced in the Open field but two remaining spots in the field will be filled this weekend following the completion of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: Anthony Powter)

US Open champion Webb Simpson’s wife Dowd is also expected to give birth to the couple’s second child at any time. Simpson is not expected to compete at Lytham but has not officially withdrawn at this point.

Victoria’s Marc Leishman has been given the all-clear by US Immigration to travel outside of the US, which will allow the world number 80 to line up beside fellow Aussies including Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers, Marcus Fraser, Brendan Jones, Brad Kennedy, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and John Senden at the famed Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club.