Jason Day seeks to put his back woes behind him

Jason Day – Going for the comeback

Jason Day

Jason Day would be the first to admit he wasn’t at his best in the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.

That round — the replay of which airs Sunday, May 3, on CBS and Golf Channel — saw Day missing more than half of the fairways and squandering a three-stroke lead on the back nine at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. But his fortunes turned when his tee shot on a difficult 230-yard par-3 17th hole hit the pin and settled three feet away, giving him an easy birdie and a two-shot lead that he would not relinquish.

For the tournament, he finished at 12-under 272, two strokes better than Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, for his second and last victory of the season.

His 2019 would not be so kind. Chronic back pain that he’d been coping with since 2014 hampered his play and held him winless until his victory over Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama at The Challenge: Japan Skins in October. It also caused him to pull out of the Presidents Cup as well.

Since then, the 32-year-old Australian’s play has been lackluster. He missed cuts at the Genesis Invitational and the Mayakoba Golf Classic, though he did finish fourth at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. But back pain once again reared its head and forced him to withdraw from his most recent tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March

With the PGA on hiatus, Day has been tinkering with his swing to give his back more protection. He’s hoping rest and a new approach can return him to the form that made him the Tour’s top-ranked golfer in 2015 and 2016.

Full Name: Jason Day

Birth date: Nov. 12, 1987

Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia

Height/weight: 6 feet; 195-pounds

Family ties: He and wife Ellie have three children

Turned pro: 2006

PGA Tour wins: 12

Honors and achievements: Winner of 2015 PGA Championship; World No. 1 (Sept. 2015-Sept. 2016)

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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