News & ToursOctober 5, 2016

Justin Rose out for eight weeks with nagging back issue

Britain's Justin Rose celebrates his victory in the men's individual stroke play final day at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
AFP/Getty ImagesBritain's Justin Rose celebrates his victory in the men's individual stroke play final day at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Rose, who scored just two points in five Ryder Cup matches, voiced displeasure in the Hazeltine set-up following the American win. It appears the course wasn't the only thing throwing curveballs in the Englishman's direction.

On Wednesday, Rose announced that he will miss the next eight weeks of competition due to complications from a nagging back issue. The news is not a total shock: the 2013 U.S. Open winner was out for an extended period this season with pain stemming from a herniated disc. The 36 year old wasn't much of a factor during the year's final three majors, yet did capture the Olympic gold in Rio.

"At this point in my career, it is important to invest in my body," Rose said in a statement, "and this time off is crucial for me to return to peak performance."

The decision means Rose will skip the European Tour's three-tournament Race to Dubai playoffs, as well as the British Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions. Rose is currently 11th in world rankings.


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