Justin Rose has revealed that he will miss this week’s Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour due to a niggling back injury. The world number ten was forced to sit out the BMW PGA Championship last weekend due to the issue but says he is confident of a return prior to the US Open later this month.
Rose has not played competitively since his tie for 19th at the Players Championship at Sawgrass in early May. His ongoing back injury means his practice for the second major tournament of the season could be limited to just the FedEx St Jude Classic, which will begin on Thursday, 9th June.
“I want to be 100 per cent fit, ready and focused for the US Open,” the former champion said. “Every day I’m making progress and, although it’s important not to rush these things, I’m upbeat and positive.”
Rose said the venue for the US Open, Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, is the type of golf course he loves to play due to the fact that “it’s a classic, it’s tough and it’s got a reputation for being a real brute of a golf course”. He added that he would prepare extensively for the tournament in an attempt to repeat his heroics at Merion in 2013, where he secured a maiden major win.
Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington has failed in his latest quest to secure qualification for the US Open after narrowly missing out on a playoff in an international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath. “We knew what the story was. It’s disappointing,” Harrington said afterwards. “Dropping a shot at 17 put me in a precarious place at the last.”
English duo Lee Slattery and Andrew Johnston were among the 13 players that won places for the event. Frenchman Gregory Bourdy led the way after posting rounds of 67 and 68.