Justin Rose withdraws from The Open with back injury

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Justin Rose withdrew from The Open Thursday morning with a back injury.

Rose, 41, had been matched with Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari and was scheduled to tee off at 8:14am BST. But Rose was not at the first tee and just before 9am on Thursday, with play already underway in his group, the R&A announced Rose’s withdrawal.

The one-time Major champion suffered the injury on Wednesday when he stopped his practice lap. He was on the range on Thursday morning but appeared to be moving cautiously as he bent down to put the ball on the tee.

“On the fourth hole yesterday during my practice round, I hit my driver and started having lower back pain,” Rose said. “I’ve been treated 24/7 but it just doesn’t feel ready to compete in this prestigious championship.”

The news meant that Rikuya Hoshino was called up to Fleetwood and Molinari late Thursday morning.

Rose was looking to improve on his best result at The Open, which was a tied second in 2018. This would be his third attempt to win The Open at St Andrews after failing to make the cut in 2010 and then ending level on points – sixth in 2015 at 11-under.

It’s been a mixed year for Rose as he missed the cut at the Masters, tied 13th at the PGA Championship and 37th at the US Open.

Rose’s withdrawal means he will miss The Open for the first time since 2006.

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Emma Bowman

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