Day, Johnson Skip Barclays Pro-Am; Aim to Play FedExCup Event

  • PGA champion Day injured back moving item under motor coach
  • Dustin Johnson withdrew from pro-am due to chest congestion

PGA Championship winner Jason Day and Dustin Johnson withdrew from today’s pro-am competition at golf’s Barclays tournament, the first U.S. PGA Tour playoff event, because of injury and illness.

“Jason tweaked his back moving an item under his motor coach last night,” Cornel Driessen, Day’s physiotherapist, said in a statement released by the PGA Tour Wednesday. “This is a precautionary withdrawal for a long-standing disc issue.”

Day, who is second in the FedExCup standings, is resting today with the goal of playing the first of four playoff events to determine the U.S. tour’s season-long champion, Driessen said.

Johnson withdrew from the pro-am after seven holes because of illness, the world No. 7’s management team said in a statement released by the PGA Tour.

“He has been battling severe chest congestion since the middle of last week, ‎which has led to sleepless nights and fatigue,” the statement said. “He is doing everything possible to be ready for the important weeks ahead."

Johnson is seventh in the FedexCup standings after a season in which he finished tied for second at the U.S. Open, tied for sixth at the Masters Tournament and tied for seventh at the PGA Championship. The 31-year-old also won the Cadillac Championship, a World Golf Championships event.

Day, a 27-year-old Australian, has an 8:26 a.m. tee time Thursday at Plainfield Country Club in Plainfield, New Jersey, with Masters and U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson. Johnson is due to begin his first round at 8:15 a.m. local time.

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