Justin Rose is playing in only his second tournament this week since finishing 15th at the Tour Championship. The break was by design since his left shoulder, which started to bug him at the British Open, became more of a problem and required some drastic measures.
With the diagnosis of a rotator cuff complication, Rose received a cortisone shot two weeks after Atlanta and could not swing a club for five weeks while his left arm was immobilized.
The should didn’t require surgical repair, but Rose rehabbed the shoulder extensively, making two trips to the gym each day trying to get ready for The Nedbank Challenge at Sun City in South Africa in December.
Rose could not pick up a club until a week before the event, but managed to play well enough to finish ninth with little practice and no pain – his biggest concern.
After another three weeks with almost no golf, Rose feels good about his game. While the shoulder could always give him problems, he is better informed of the symptoms and how to cope with the injury.
“I would say it’s kind of one of those normal nagging injuries,” Rose said. “Nothing hopefully is bad enough for surgery so we just have to monitor things well.”