Jason Day has withdrawn from the Presidents Cup because of a back injury, with Byeong Hun An replacing the Australian on the International team.
Day had been set to make his fifth appearance at the event, but captain Ernie Els has now had to call up a replacement in An, who had three top-10 and eight top-25 finishes in the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
An’s 15th-place finish on the International team standings kept him from an automatic place on Els’ squad, though he has started the 2019-20 season well.
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“We wish Jason well and hope his back recovers quickly. We were eager to have Jason as part of the team at Royal Melbourne and his experience will be missed,” Els said in quotes reported by the official Presidents Cup website.
“The good news is that there were a number of strong and qualified players available to choose from when I made my captain’s selections.
“To have someone as steady and talented as Ben An puts us in a great position to succeed. Ben played extremely well this fall and throughout the year and he will fit in nicely on this team.”
The event — featuring the United States, captained by Tiger Woods, against Els’ International team — will take place at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club from Dec. 9-15.
“I’m quite disappointed I won’t be coming home to play in either the Australian Open in Sydney or the Presidents Cup the following week in Melbourne,” said Day.
“I was quite looking forward to both events. I had been prepping all week in Palm Springs when I was injured.
“I look forward to playing at home in the near future. My best to all the competitors in Sydney and my teammates in Melbourne.”