Day secures first start in major
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2010 British Open | General | 10 Jul 2010
Four weeks ago 22-year-old Jason Day was resigned to the fact that he would not play at either the US or British Opens. Sickness and fatigue had prevented him from even attempting qualifying for either.
“It is a little disappointing that I am not playing there (US Open) as I feel my game is now ready to play in the majors although perhaps not yet ready to win,” said Day “I just want to make sure that I am completely ready both in my game and in my health to play those events.”
With the withdrawal due to injury of fellow Queenslander Greg Norman from the Open Championship today however, Day now gets the chance to tee it up at St Andrews and will likely head there after this week’s John Deere Classic where he has made a promising start.
Earlier this year Day contracted bronchitis and its lingering effects have plagued him since. Even during his breakthrough victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May it was touch and go if he would even play the event in the days leading up to the start of that event in Dallas.
The health issue has now been diagnosed as a sinus problem and one that might yet require surgery.
Day earns the right to play as an alternate as he was the leading world ranked player not already exempt.
It will be his first start in a major championship.