Day won't rush back from back injury

Jason Day of Australia at the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September. Day withdrew from the tournament due to a back injury after playing eight holes.
Jason Day of Australia at the Tour Championship in Atlanta in September. Day withdrew from the tournament due to a back injury after playing eight holes. ERIK S. LESSER

JASON Day says he is prepared to take his time in returning from a back injury so as to not to put himself in the same situation as good mate Tiger Woods.

Woods has not played a tournament for 16 months and while Day, who won the Greg Norman Medal on Tuesday night as Australia's international player of the year, said he was keen to return to action, he would not rush back.

"I've just got to understand that I'm in it for the long run,” Day said when accepting his award on video link from his home in Ohio.

"These things have to take time and I understand that when it comes to injuries not to push myself too much.”

Day hasn't played since September.

A back problem meant he missed the BMW Championship and season-ending Tour Championship.

The world No.1 said he was disappointed his injury curtailed his involvement in the FedEx Cup play-offs but was philosophical.

"I would have liked to finish the year off strong,” he said.

"It was a bit of a disappointment having to pull out of the last two events and really kind of take my name out of winning the FedEx Cup.

"Unfortunately that's just part and parcel of playing golf.”

His injury also meant he could not return for the summer of Australian golf for a third straight year but said he was prepared to be patient if it meant he was not in the same boat as Woods.

"I miss it like you wouldn't believe,” he said of not being able to play in the Australian Open, World Cup of Golf and Australian PGA on home soil.

"It's going to be four years by the time I'm back and it's been so long.

"It's been 16 months from the last time we saw him (Tiger Woods) come back from that kind of injury.

"I'm okay with having a few months off, but 16 months off from golf - especially at a young age - I just can't do.

"I've got to make sure I look after myself and that hopefully I'm around for a very long time.”

The 29-year-old Queenslander said his injury recovery was "coming along nicely” but had not set a date on his return to action.

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