Masters champion Danny Willett has chosen not to risk aggravating his back problem after ruling himself out of the upcoming World Cup in Australia.
The English golfer, who was due to partner Lee Westwood in Melbourne at the end of the month, will miss his second major tournament in quick succession through a back problem.
The injury saw him sit out the British Masters last month and the 29-year-old claimed that he wasn’t prepared to put himself through the extra travel and strain during the World Cup despite being fit enough to take part in this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge.
"Considering everything, including the amount of travel involved and extra strain, I decided that it was not in my best interest,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
The injury aside, Willett has endured a sticky patch in his career since winning the Masters at Augusta in April with the Brit dropping down to number 11 in the world rankings.
Danny Willett's current form
The past couple of days have seen the Sheffield-born golfer fail to make any sort of impact during the Nedbank Golf Challenge where he finds himself 54th on the leaderboard after claiming scores of 75 and 74 in the opening two rounds of the tournament.
With two rounds left in the race to Dubai, a 10th or below finish for Willett would see Henrik Stenson, if he wins, edge out the Brit to get his hands on the Harry Vardon trophy for the second time in four years.