February 27, 2017 / 3:25 AM / 9 months ago

Golf - World number two Day out of WGC-Mexico Championship

REUTERS - World number two Jason Day has pulled out of next week’s World Golf Championships (WGC) event in Mexico City due to illness, the Australian announced on Sunday.

February 16, 2017; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Jason Day reacts after he hits onto the second hole green during the first round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports/Files

“I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament,” he said in a statement.

Day last week was deposed as world number one by American Dustin Johnson.

The WGC-Mexico Championship starts on Thursday at the Club de Golf Chapultepec.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Steve Keating

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