Jason Day, coming off one of the more thrilling wins of the winter at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, long has been considered a favorite to break through with a major this year, having finished second at Augusta National in 2011, T2 at last year’s U.S. Open and T8 at the PGA Championship in August.
After a win at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in the late fall, Day seemed rejuvenated, entering 2014 with a solid game, a great attitude and a renewed sense of confidence. It seemed as though the only thing that could possibly derail him were family problems or injury.
His family is fine, but this morning, Day withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championships at Doral with an injury.
“My left thumb was bothering me at the Accenture Match Play Championship and the pain continued here this week,” Day said in a statement after withdrawing before his first-round tee time. “I had an MRI yesterday here in Miami with Dr. Lee Kaplan. Fortunately, the MRI was negative, but the doctor prescribed rest if I was unable to play today. My plan is to rest for a couple of weeks.
“I’m sorry to miss the Cadillac Championship; it looks like it’s going to be a great event.”