Jason Day struggles on the fourth tee at the US Masters. Picture: AP
Jason Day struggles on the fourth tee at the US Masters. Picture: AP

Innocent act could cruel Day’s Masters campaign

BENDING down to kiss his young daughter has thrown Jason Day's US Masters bid in doubt.

Day, who struggled to line up putts and walked in obvious discomfort, signed his card and went straight for medical treatment after his opening round 70.

The world No.14 had declared himself fit and pain-free on Wednesday (local time) but required assistance from a physio just two holes into his round.

He aggravated inflammation around the facet joints in his lower back while playing with daughter Lucy prior to his afternoon tee time.

Despite the injury, Day, 31, sits just four shots off the lead.

His management team expressed hope he would recover before Friday's second round.

Jason Day is treated for a back injury. Picture: Twitter
Jason Day is treated for a back injury. Picture: Twitter

"My back is good - there's no pain," Day said on Wednesday.

His coach, Colin Swatton, confirmed Day was dealing with "a little bit of inflammation" but was confident it would not be an issue.

"I'm not worried about it … if I had to put a number on it I'd say it's pretty close to 100 per cent," Swatton said before Thursday's incident.

Day battled on despite the back complaint. Picture: Getty
Day battled on despite the back complaint. Picture: Getty

Fellow Australian Cameron Smith said: "You wouldn't wish that on anyone, let alone any of the Aussies. Hopefully he's all right and keeps going."

Adam Scott said Day had been dealing with back pain for a while.

"I mean part of me thinks that that's nothing new, he knows what to do, he seems to have a bad back all the time and plays great," Scott said.

"So I'm sure he knows what he's doing.

"Hopefully it's nothing major and he gets through and then he can play the rest of the week."

News Corp Australia


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