Jason Day WD's from Arnold Palmer Invitational with back injury

Jason Day WD's from Arnold Palmer Invitational with back injury

Jason Day WD's from Arnold Palmer Invitational with back injury

The Arnold Palmer Invitational will boast its strongest field in years but big-name golfers at the Florida event admit they already have one eye fixed on the Masters in April.

According to Day, an MRI Monday in Orlando revealed an annular tear in the disc between his L4 and L5 vertebrae along with additional "facet problems".

"I couldn't play at 100 per cent today, so I just wanted to see if I could get out here and may have loosened up".

Quizzed by reporters after the round Day, who didn't play a practise round or the pro-am this week, said he had hoped the injury would settle down during the round but it hadn't.

"I woke up Sunday and I couldn't really walk", the Australian told Golf Channel.

"I was on a dose pack to try get the inflammation out of it, and that didn't get any better".

His error of judgement would eventually lead to a double-bogey six, while Mark Roe insisted the veteran was fortunate to avoid injury while attempting to pull off such an outlandish shot - even by his standards!

"I saw a physio here and tried to do as much work as I possibly could to get ready for this week".

Rose is hoping to finally taste victory at Bay Hill, having earned six top-15 results in his past seven starts, including a third placing behind victor Rory McIlroy a year ago.

Four-time major victor McIlroy admits, like Rose, he is already preparing for the Masters in April - where he has a chance to become just the sixth golfer to complete golf's career Grand Slam.

The 31-year-old equalled the course record 63 at Sawgrass during his four-shot win there in 2016.

"I think it's just rest, to be honest", he said, "and hopefully I'll be ready next week". Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and fantastic moments.

He also withdrew mid-tournament from the final two events of the 2016 PGA Tour play-offs with a strained ligament in his lower back.

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