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Jason Day Not Sweating Back Injury

Jason Day is expecting some rust this week at the Players Championship.
Jason Day says the back injury that forced him to pull out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational was not as bad as it seemed.

The former World No. 1 - speaking philosophically at TPC Sawgrass ahead of this week's Players Championship - said back injuries are commonplace not just among professional golfers but the general public as well.

“Last week may have been a little bit blown out, especially with the annular tear thing," Day remarked.

“You’ve got to understand that people out here are playing with injuries. No one knows about them, you just kind of fight through it.

“A lot of people in the world have tears in their back and don’t realise it."

The Queenslander was two over par through six holes last week at Bay Hill when he withdraw from the tournament.

"Last week was tough because sometimes when I go out, it typically loosens up but unfortunately it just didn’t loosen up, it just got a little bit tighter and I didn’t feel up to it. If it would have gone further, it probably would have got a lot more tighter and would have been a longer recovery."

Day's back appears to have recovered well because he played 18 holes on Monday at TPC Sawgrass, where he will chase a second Players Championship title having won it in 2016.

“Things are progressing nicely now so I’m happy I’m here, it’s warm and the back is nice and loose.

“If you’re an athlete and you have an injury, sometimes it feels the world’s fallen apart. For me, this is not the first time so I can rely on that and understand that it’s a process to try to get back to 100 per cent healthy.

"For me, the trust is there, I’ve just got to go out and play and get some reps because it has been a bit of a while since I actually played in a tournament. 

Excluding the six holes he played last week, Day hasn't teed it up anywhere since the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the second week on February.

“I’m assuming there’s going to be a little bit of rust.”

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