It turns out the Ryder Cup was the last we’ll see of Justin Rose for a while. The Olympic champion gritted his way through the summer majors, Playoffs and the Ryder Cup, but he says it’s time to give his ailing body a rest.
Rose announced Wednesday he is taking an eight-week break from competitive golf “for rest and recovery.”
Rose suffered pain in his back from a disc herniation and took a month off following the Players Championship. He returned for the U.S. Open, where he missed the cut, then played what he called “an intense summer schedule.” He finished T22 at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship before winning Olympic gold.
Ranked No. 11 in the world, Rose kept up his busy schedule by playing three of the FedEx Cup Playoff events, making all three cuts but never finishing higher than 24th.
His performance at the Ryder Cup was solid, although not up to his usual high standards. He posted his first losing record, 2-3-0, during Europe’s 17-11 loss to the Americans at Hazeltine. Rose is 11-6-2 in his Ryder Cup career, scoring winning records in his three previous appearances.
After parting from his team following the event, he announced his decision to take a break.
“Following an intense summer schedule and discussion with my team, I have decided to take the next eight weeks off for rest and recovery. As many of you know, during the Players Championship I experienced discomfort in my back from a disc herniation and was sidelined for the following month. I worked hard to be able to return at the U.S. Open but my ongoing tournament schedule, combined with heavy preparation for the Olympics, did not allow for full and proper recovery.
“At this point in my career it is important to invest in my body and this time off is crucial for me to return to peak performance. The remainder of the year has such a great run of tournaments and I am very disappointed to have to miss out on some of them. The importance of the European Tour’s Final Series and my relationship with the British Masters make those tournaments particularly tough to miss.”
At age 36, Rose has spent half his life as a Tour pro. He has 20 professional wins since turning professional in 1998, including seven PGA Tour wins and nine European Tour titles.