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By : BGA Proshop
Local hero Jason Day is out of this year’s President’s Cup which is going to be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club starting on the 12th of December.
Day was practising at Palm Springs when he reaggravated a back issue, forcing the 12-time PGA Tour winner to pull out of the International Team captained by Ernie Els. Day also pulled out of the star studded Australian Open this week to be held at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney. The Australian Open was going to serve as a warm up tournament before next week’s President’s Cup and the field was the strongest it has been in 5 years.
Els was quick to name Day’s replacement with South Korean Byeong Hun An who has had a solid start to the 2019/2020 PGA Tour season and was unlucky to miss out on a captain’s pick.
“We wish Jason well and hope his back recovers quickly. We were eager to have Jason as part of the team at Royal Melbourne and his experience will be missed,” Els said.
“The good news is that there were a number of strong and qualified players available to choose from when I made my captain’s selections. To have someone as steady and talented as Ben An puts us in a great position to succeed. Ben played extremely well this fall and throughout the year and he will fit in nicely on this team.”
An was delighted with his selection but was disappointed to get into the team with a team member having to withdraw with injury.
“I’m sorry to hear that Jason has been forced to withdraw from the International Team and I wish him a speedy recovery. It was a huge surprise to receive a call from Ernie who told me that I was in the team,” An said.
“It has been a goal of mine all season to be on the International Team and I am honored to play in my first Presidents Cup. I’m looking forward to joining Ernie and the rest of the team in Melbourne and, more importantly, contribute to the International Team’s goal to win the Cup.”
Day was also very disappointed and said via a statement:
“I’m quite disappointed I won’t be coming home to play in either the Australian Open in Sydney or the Presidents Cup the following week in Melbourne,”
“I was quite looking forward to both events. I had been prepping all week in Palm Springs when I was injured. Frustratingly, I’ve been through back problems before and my medical team decided it best to shut down all practice and play.
“Therefore, I wanted to inform Golf Australia as well as provide Ernie as much time as possible to best prepare our International Team for Royal Melbourne. I look forward to playing at home in the near future. My best to all the competitors in Sydney and my teammates in Melbourne.”