Rose to take time off after intense summer

Justin Rose has confirmed he will be taking some time away from the golf course after a gruelling summer which saw him win the gold medal at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, before competing in the hotly-contested Ryder Cup last week.

The World No.11 is scheduled to sit out the next eight weeks of competitive golf as he recovers from what had become an intense schedule. The Englishman was far from his best at Hazeltine, and did little to help Europe in their losing effort of retaining the Ryder Cup against the USA. He will now miss a number of big events on the golfing calendar, including next week’s British Masters and the Race to Dubai Final Series. However, Rose is adamant this is best for his personal game and feels a break from the sport is vital for him coming back stronger and fresher down the road.

Rose released a statement which read: "Following an intense summer schedule and discussion with my team, I have decided to take the next eight weeks off for rest and recovery.

"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."

The statement continued: "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 for the US Open, but my ongoing tournament schedule combined with heavy preparation for the Olympics did not allow for full and proper recovery."

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