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Justin Rose doubtful for US Open

Justin Rose is battling a race against time to be fit enough for the US Open after pulling out of this week’s Memorial event, which was won by American Jordan Spieth.

Rose has not played since the Players Championship three weeks ago – he was seen watching from the side-lines last weekend at the BMW PGA Championship – after withdrawing from action due to a back injury.

At 35, the Englishman is keen to repair his body quickly and get back into the game to fight for a second US Open title at Oakmont on June 16.

“I want to be 100 per cent fit, ready and focused for the US Open,” Rose told Sky Sports.

“Every day I’m making progress and, although it’s important not to rush these things, I’m upbeat and positive.

“Oakmont is exactly the type of golf course I love to play, it’s a classic, it’s tough and it’s got a reputation for being a real brute of a golf course and I relish that.”

The World Number 10 will hope he is fit enough to compete at next week’s St Jude Classic, the last PGA Tour event before the US Open tees off, although his back injury could place him on the side-lines once again.

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