Cape Town - World No 12 Jason Day revealed his back is feeling much better ahead of this week's Players Championship.
Last week Thursday, the Australian was forced to withdraw from the
Arnold Palmer Invitational after just six holes due to back pain. Day
went straight to the doctor who shot him up with cortisol to provide him
"My long term confidence in terms of my back, I am not even thinking
about it right now," the former world number one told his press
"I feel really cautiously optimistic about how things are progressing and the way that I feel."
The 2015 PGA Championship winner opened up about what it felt like last week.
"When pain starts shooting down my legs, that's obviously a no-go," he revealed.
"My back seizes up, and I can't really walk ... it feels like your
world is ending. It feels like is this going to be the last time that I
am going to pick up a golf club.
"It's not great mentally to come back from an injury so your confidence is hit a little bit, but overall I feel good about."
Following his withdrawal, Day went to Disney World with his family,
causing a bit of a stir on social media, with some fans questioning his
"Heaven forbid I enjoy a day with my family, and I was there half-a-day walking around," said Day sarcastically.
"(My doctor) didn't want me to lay down. He just wanted me to walk
around, stay on my feet, kind of get things loose. I didn't get to ride
any rides, I was just walking around, unfortunately. But it was nice to
be able to spend some time with the family. When I have an injury, I get
sad and depressed. I'm not going to be sitting in my bus depressed."
Day, the 2016 winner of the Players Championship, will fight it out
with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Phil
Mickelson at TPC Sawgrass, starting on Thursday.