CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Jason Day withdrew from the BMW Championship after eight holes on Sunday with back pain, making him ineligible for the Vardon Trophy.
Day has a history of back issues, most recently at the Dell Match Play in the spring. The world’s No. 1 player barely made it through the opening round when his back locked up on him and he considered pulling out. The back got better, and Day went on to win.
He was 2-over par for his final round at Crooked Stick and in the middle of the pack when his agent, Bud Martin, said he felt pain stooping to pick up his tee.
The injury was not considered serious, and Day was hopeful of being in Atlanta in two weeks for the Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.
The Australian was leading the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average going into the BMW Championship. He was ahead by a slight margin over Dustin Johnson, and Johnson…