Jason Day, the World No 2, has endured a back injury in his first round 3&2 victory over Graeme McDowell at World Golf Championships Match Play, probably putting his Masters tilt in doubt.
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Danny Lee, of New Zealand, fell to Charl Schwartzel who won 1-up thanks to a par to Danny’s bogey on the par-three seventeenth hole.
Jason was 3-up after fourteen holes when he recoiled in pain hitting a tee shot on fifteenth hole, filtering something in his lower back and enduring nerve pain. He was able to call off halves in the next 2 holes to win the game but was in severe discomfort, clambering to walk. This is really very hard to play with tough pain in both sides of your lower back, said Day.
When Graeme missed a putt on the sixteenth to carry on the match Day was filled with relief, but also severe pain and hustled inside for treatment. He told that he was really struggling. Just his back has seized up and he need to get inside right away for treatment and see what is wrong.
His 2nd game against Thongchai Jaidee is not just listed till Friday (NZ time) and it is not clear if Day would continue in the event. With Masters knocking on the door, the injury could not come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has fought injury and illness throughout his career.