World No. 1 golfer Jason Day announced that he is pulling out of the Philippine charity match titled Jason vs Rory: Battle for A Cause because of back injury.
The Filipino-Australian Day was advised by his physician to take a rest until his torn ligament heals.
“I’m quite saddened about missing our trip to the Philippines,” said Day in a statement on Friday.
Day, 28, was supposed to play against World No. 3 Rory McIlroy in an exhibition match slated on November 29 at the brand new Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
Besides the charity event, Day will also skip the BMW Championship, Tour Championship, the Australian Open and the World Cup in Melbourne next month.
“I was planning on taking my Mom back to her home in the Philippines to visit where we lost members of our family in the typhoon,” said Day.
Dolphin Fire, the organizers of the event, said that they are working on the next steps and finding a replacement for Day.
“We fully respect Mr. Day’s decision to withdraw from the match and we are one with his family, friends, and fans in hoping for his recovery. We are working round the clock to determine a suitable replacement for Jason and give Filipino golfing fans a match they deserve,” said Dolphin Fire President and Event Director Miguel Bitanga.
Day, however, promised his Filipino fans that he would visit the country anytime in 2017.
“We are going to raise much needed funds for the worthy causes brought on by this disaster and I look forward to being there in 2017 to help get this work done,” he said.