WORLD’S TOP GOLFERS Jason Day (right), a Filipino Australian, and Rory McIlroy. Their charity game in Lubao, Pampanga set on Nov. 29 will not materialize due to Day’s injury.
MANILA — Filipino-Australian golfer Jason Day, the world’s number one player, has cancelled a hectic November for him as part of his rehabilitation from a back injury.
The top club swinger pulled out of the Australian Open and the World Cup of Golf in his father’s home country as he recovers from a torn ligament on his back that he got at the tail end of the PGA season.
“I regret that I will be unable to come home to Australia this year. I was looking forward to playing in the Australian Open and teaming up with Adam Scott on one of my favorite courses, the Kingston Heath, the following week at the World Cup,” Day said in a statement last week.
The development also effectively made him unavailable for his supposed benefit one-on-one battle with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on Nov. 29 at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club reportedly owned by Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and family in Lubao, Pampanga.
“I’m quite saddened about missing our trip to the Philippines. I was planning on taking my mom back to her home in the Philippines,” Day bared his supposed personal plan. Day’s mother is a Filipina from Leyte.
It would have been Day’s first visit to the Philippines where many relatives perished during the super typhoon Yolanda and he helped provide assistance to the victims.
He then vowed, “I look forward to being there in 2017 to raise much needed funds for worthy causes.”
It was supposed to be a charity game for the world’s top golf stars on November 29 at the brand new Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga.
Day, the world’s number 1, and five-time major champion Rory McIlroy were supposed to battle it out in a charity game. The two were to play in an 18-hole, stroke play competition — the first golf event of this stature to be held in the country.
The event was planned for Nov. 28 to 30 with the two spearheading a couple of programs in the three-day event to raise funds for the benefit of a Philippine-based charity, the Alagang Kapatid, said Valerie Floro of the organizing Dolphin Fire Group Inc. at a press briefing of the event at Shangri-la Hotel in The Fort.