Justin Rose sidelined by right shoulder tendinitis
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, ranked No. 4 in the world, has delayed the start of his 2014 schedule until at least mid-February because of a mild case of tendinitis in his right shoulder, agent Mark Steinberg told Golfweek. Thus, Rose will miss at least a couple of planned starts, at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Farmers Insurance Open.
The tendinitis developed during a busy stretch from early November through mid-December, when Rose played in five different countries over seven weeks – China, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Thailand. He underwent an MRI and doctors prescribed rest and rehabilitative exercises, Steinberg said.
“Probably (too much) golf and a lot of travel,” Steinberg said of the cause. “It’s a little sore and stiff, nothing to get too concerned about. More nagging than anything else. The doctor thought it was important to lay off in the latter part of December and January. He’s listening to his body and doctor.”
Many players over the years have played busy global schedules late in the year while trying to cash in on a major championship like a U.S. Open. Steinberg, though, said the Open victory probably added one event to Rose’s schedule.
“When you maintain cards on both tours and have playoff runs in both the U.S. and Europe (in August-November), there’s no way around a busy schedule then,” Steinberg said.
He added that he and Rose will make a “concerted effort” to schedule a couple of breaks during the heart of the 2014 season.