Neck injury forces Day to withdraw from CJ Cup

As the top of leaderboard players were heading out on Sunday, Jason Day was sitting pretty in equal 6th place and looking like a chance at claiming the CJ Cup with a low round.

Ahead of him were several players, with little experience in the heat of the battle and his last decent result on Tour was back in early August at the PGA Championship so the Queenslander had plenty to prove.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: PGA Tour)

However, it was not to be. The 32-year-old tweaked something in his neck on the range during his warmup and as he made his way to the first tee, it only got worse.

Two holes, a shank and a triple-bogey later and it was time to go. Day withdrew from the tournament and headed back into the clubhouse in what would be the 11th tournament withdrawal of his career.

“My back had been a little jammed up and hurting most of the week so I think maybe I did something to my neck while trying to compensate for that,” Day told

“Hopefully it won’t be too bad and I’ll be back next week. It just sucks to have it happen any time but especially when you have a chance to win.”

If Day is able to recover in time, he will tee it up at the ZOZO Championship in California starting on Thursday.