Jason Day, of Australia, watches his drive off the tee of the fifth hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Crooked Stick.
Jason Day, of Australia, watches his drive off the tee of the fifth hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Crooked Stick. AJ Mast

Day's back strain fears played down

GOLF: Jason Day is hopeful of playing in the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta in two weeks after pulling out of the BMW Championship with a back problem.

The Australian world No.1 hurt his back when bending down to pick up a tee halfway through his final round at Crooked Stick, Indiana.

His manager, Bud Martin, said it was precautionary to withdraw.

"We'll probably get an MRI just to double check. My gut is that he'll be fine,” he said.

"Hopefully, he'll be ready for Atlanta, but the most important thing is the next 15 years, not the next 15 days.”

World No.2 Dustin Johnson shot a final-round five-under 67 for a final total of 23-under to win by three shots from England's Paul Casey.

The win sent Johnson to the top of the FedEx Cup rankings and in line for the $10 million bonus. Day is now in fourth.

Fellow Aussie Adam Scott finished fourth - 11 shots off the pace - for the third straight playoff event and moved up to third on the points list.



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