It appears that Rory McIlroy will not be the only big name missing from the WGC-Mexico Championship next month.
According to an AAP report, Jason Day plans to join McIlroy in skipping the no-cut event March 1-4 in order to stay home in Ohio with his mother, who last year underwent surgery to treat lung cancer.
“I’m going to take Mexico off,” Day said. “My mum is coming over here (to the U.S.) to have scans, so I’m going to spend some time with her.”
Day is coming off a strong start to the year that included a playoff victory at Torrey Pines and a runner-up finish Sunday at Pebble Beach. But his decision to skip the next WGC event means that his pre-Masters schedule will include only two more starts: the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which he won in consecutive weeks in 2016.
This will be the second year the tournament will be held at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City following the PGA Tour’s decision to move the event from its longtime spot at Trump National Doral outside Miami.
And there still may be another star missing from the field, as Jordan Spieth remains unsure about his upcoming schedule and would not commit to playing in Mexico when asked about his plans for the event following his final round at Pebble Beach.
“I really have no idea what I’m going to do after next week (Genesis Open). I know that at least Honda will be off,” Spieth told reporters. “I’m going to have to kind of see how I’m feeling, how I’ve been recovering in the week off, and then what is the best prep to be ready by the time we tee it up at Augusta.”