Day pulls out of 1-on-1 clash with McIlroy in PHL due to injury

MANILA -- Fil-Australian golfer Jason Day 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 on Friday.

The development also effectively made him unavailable for his supposed one-on-one battle with Rory McIlroy on Nov. 29 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.

He then vowed, "I look forward to being there in 2017 to raise much needed funds for worthy causes." (PNA)