U.S. Open winner Justin Rose withdrew from this week’s PGA Tour event, the AT&T National, saying he was too tired to give it a go at Congressional Country Club starting Thursday.
Rose, who advanced to No. 3 in the world with his first major championship title at Merion Golf Club nine days ago, kept his commitment to play in last week’s Travelers Championship even after making the talk-show circuit that included a stint on David Letterman’s late-night show. The 32-year-old who splits his time between London, England, and Orlando, Fla., finished in a share of 13th place at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
"I'm disappointed to withdraw from the AT&T National, but the last three weeks have been extremely demanding both mentally and physically," Rose said in a statement the tour issued on Monday. "This tournament has been very good to me -- especially in 2010 -- and I would play if I felt I could. Tiger [Woods] and his Foundation run a great tournament, and I wish I could be there."
As he noted, Rose won three years ago when Aronimink Golf Club, in suburban Philadelphia, staged the event that benefits Woods’ Foundation. With the host himself on the shelf with an elbow injury, the marquee belongs to Masters winner Adam Scott, who will headline a field that will include last week’s first-time winner Ken Duke
“It’s especially difficult not defending at my own tournament,” Woods said on his website last week.
Woods, the owner of 78 tour victories, was scheduled to be on hand to help kick off the contest that will take place on the Bethesda, Md., course on which Rory McIlroy romped to his first major title at the 2011 U.S. Open. The world No. 2, by the way, will be looking for his game in the Irish Open, taking place this week as well.