Day In Doubt For Sawgrass After Bay Hill WD

Day In Doubt For Sawgrass After Bay Hill WD

Day In Doubt For Sawgrass After Bay Hill WD

Mickelson was in good shape midway through his first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational as four birdies in six holes took him to the turn in three under, but he then blocked his tee shot way left at the par-four 10th.

He called it quits on Thursday after hitting his second shot into the water on the par-5 16th hole.

On Monday, the 2015 US PGA Championship victor had an MRI which revealed an an annular tear in the L4/L5 disc.

He said he sustained the injury while practicing last week at that tournament's host venue, TPC Sawgrass.

Quizzed by reporters after the round Day, who didn't play a practise round or the pro-am this week, said he had hoped the injury would settle down during the round but it hadn't. "My back was sore when I was practicing from Tuesday to Saturday, and I was going to practice on Sunday, but I woke up and couldn't really walk or sit in the auto".

"I was on a dose pack to try and get the inflammation out of it and that didn't get any better".

Day was two-over-par at the time and visibly struggling with his swing. "But unfortunately it didn't, so I had to pull out". I saw a physio here (in Orlando) and tried to do as much work as I possibly could to get ready for this week. Eight-time victor Tiger Woods returns to challenge some of the best golfers in the world such as Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Rory McIlroy.

The 29-year-old Northern Irishman could become only the sixth player to win all four major titles with a victory at the Masters, an elite club that both Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson can also enter this season. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and wonderful moments. "But I think just because it is a small list it would be just that bit cooler to join".

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