Friday, 22 May 2009

Rose withdraws from PGA

Justin Rose has withdrawn from the PGA Championship due to a niggling back problem. The Englishman had pulled out of last Wednesday’s pro-am tournament in a bid to be fit for the main competition.

The injury is the latest setback on what has been an indifferent period for the 28 year old. Ranked sixth in the world in 2007, he currently sits at 38 and has only managed top ten in six attempts this year, that at the Dubai Desert classic in February where he finished runner up to Rory McIlroy.

Rose has suffered back problems throughout his career, and the latest setback is attributed to his life off the golf course. "Being back in the UK always ends up being very hectic for me as commitments always get crammed into the one week I am home," he said.

“It has been even more hectic this year travelling back with Leo (his son born in February), where we have been taking him to meet all the extended family and friends.

“Maybe all this rushing around has resulted in my back flaring up again and I am really disappointed to report that I have just had to withdraw.

“This has been a tournament that I have always loved competing in and is the main reason we travelled back, so having to withdraw is very frustrating for me.”

Scotland’s Richie Ramsey will now take Rose’s place in the draw.

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