One-on-one golf clash still on as Dustin Johnson takes over injured Day

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The historic one-on-one golf battle on Nov. 29 will still push through as the organizers of the said clash finally found a replacement for Jason Day.

World number two Dustin Johnson confirmed his participation on Monday, making him the new opponent of world number three Rory McIlroy for the said event, which is now renamed "Dustin vs. Rory: Battle for a Cause".

"I am very excited for this match and honored to be invited to play for charity," Johnson, the reigning US Open champion, said in a statement about his feeling that he will battle McIlroy at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao for the Alagang Kapatid Foundation.

About the event still happening, Day, who suffered a back injury that made him unavailable for the match, said, "I'm glad Dustin accepted to take my place in the exhibition match. I'm also very happy that the event is pushing through for the Filipino golf fans."

McIlroy, asked about his reaction, said, "I'm sorry Jason can't make it to the Philippines this time but delighted Dustin's stepping in for what... promises to be a great head-to-head match."

The ticket details about the said charity match will be announced at a later date.

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