Justin Rose withdraws from Honda Classic with recurring shoulder pain

Stuart Franklin

Citing continuing tendinitis in his right shoulder, Justin Rose has taken himself out of the running for this week’s Honda Classic title.

Justin Rose’s nagging shoulder injury has knocked him out of this week’s Honda Classic.

The reigning U.S. Open champion has been battling tendinitis in his right shoulder, which forced him out of events after he earned a T7 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December. He lost to Ernie Els in the second round of last week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship following his 2014 PGA Tour debut at the Northern Trust Open, where he managed a share of 45th.

The world’s sixth-ranked golfer said he originally hurt his shoulder when he tossed a ball to his caddie while playing with Tiger Woods at the Barclays in August.

"Just threw it too far really," Rose said prior to the Northern Trust Open tourney earlier this month. "That was the moment where I felt I did something."

The plan had been for Rose to play at Riviera and Dove Mountain and then determine his immediate pre-Masters schedule depending on how his shoulder responded.

Withdrawing from the Honda Classic was a precautionary measure and Rose hoped to be in the field for next week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, his manager, Andrew Kipper, of Excel Sports Management, said in a statement, according to GolfChannel.com’s Ryan Lavner.

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