Shoulder prompts Rose to WD from Honda

Justin Rose withdrew Monday from the 2014 Honda Classic on PGA Tour; during last week's WGC-Accenture Match Play, shown here, he played with tendinitis in his shoulder.

Justin Rose withdrew Monday from the 2014 Honda Classic on PGA Tour; during last week's WGC-Accenture Match Play, shown here, he played with tendinitis in his shoulder.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Honda Classic is down to seven of the top nine golfers in the world after Justin Rose withdrew from the tournament this morning.

“While continued rehabilitation continues to help the persistent tendinitis in Justin’s right shoulder, scheduling four straight weeks of competition was aggressive to start the 2014 season,” said a statement from Rose’s representative. “This was a difficult decision given the quality of the event and the great care Honda takes of the players. For Justin’s long-term success, this is the proper decision and will allow him to resume his intended schedule for the coming months.”

Rose missed time after finishing fifth at the HSBC Champions in November. He had returned two weeks ago at the Northern Trust Open. He finished T-45 at Riviera, then lost to Ernie Els in the second round of the Accenture Match Play.

The statement said Rose intends to return to action next week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, a tournament he won in 2012.

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