Day asks fans to understand Australian Open no-show

Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:38pm EDT
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By Bernie McGuire

(Reuters) - World number three Jason Day has asked fans back home to understand his reasons for missing this year's Australian Open in Sydney.

The Australian won his first major when he claimed the U.S. PGA Championship title at Whistling Straits last month.

Since then the Ohio-based Day has gone top of the PGA Tour's FedExCup standings after winning his next event, The Barclays in New Jersey, by a runaway six-stroke margin.

However, Day's wife Ellie is expecting the couple's second child later this year and the 27-year-old has reluctantly ruled himself out of the Australian Open that starts on Nov. 26.

"I don't feel as though I am under any pressure to return to Australia 

given I won the PGA Championship and I am just hoping everyone back home will understand my situation," Day told Reuters in an interview.

"I just want to make sure I am there for Ellie and that she has my support when she has our second child."

Day's wife is due to give birth in late November or early December and he said there would be plenty more Australian Opens for him to play in looking ahead.   Continued...

Sep 5, 2015; Norton, MA, USA; Jason Day hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports