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Jason Day out of Australian summer of golf

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016 Melissa Woods

World No.1 Jason Day has withdrawn from two tournaments he was due to play in Australia this summer because of an ongoing back injury. © Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images World No.1 Jason Day has withdrawn from two tournaments he was due to play in Australia this summer because of an ongoing back injury. World No.1 Jason Day has withdrawn from the Australian team for the World Cup of Golf next month in Melbourne as well as the Australian Open in order to rest his ailing back.

Day was set to partner Adam Scott to defend their 2013 title at Kingston Heath Golf Club but organisers announced on Friday he wouldn't be playing, or teeing up at Royal Sydney.

Scott, now the highest-ranked Australian player, can now select his partner to form one of the 28 two-man teams for the November 23-27 tournament.

After tearing a ligament in his back towards the end of the 2016 PGA Tour season, which forced his withdrawal from the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, Day has been advised against the long-haul flight to Australia and to rest until 2017.

"I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year," Day said in a statement.

"I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott on one of my favourite courses Kingston Heath the following week."

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