Former world number one, Justin Rose, has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to injury and will now be a doubt for next weekend's Players Championship.
Justin Rose Withdraws From Arnold Palmer Invitational
Justin Rose looks to be a doubt for The Players Championship, after lower back pain meant he had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.
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The Englishman started the day four shots back of leader Corey Conners after rounds of 71 and 68 put him at five-under-par for the tournament.
Parring the first two holes, he found the water with his drive on the third and had to take a drop.
Playing his next shot, Rose found water yet again, eventually completing the hat-trick of water-bound balls as his fifth shot failed to stay on dry land.
Eventually, the Englishman found the putting green; two putting from 30-feet for a quintuple-bogey nine that bought him back to level-par for the tournament.
With the horror show of the third out of the way, Rose pulled yet another drive left on the par-5 fourth hole.
Only managing to propel his ball 70 yards with his second, Rose eventually found himself by the green and faced with what would have been a chip for par.
Instead, the Englishman would pick his ball up and shake hands with his fellow playing partners.
Releasing a statement on his Twitter, later, Rose said: “Frustrated to have to WD from @APinv, I woke up not feeling my best and hoped my lower back would ease up through the warm up and into my round. Unfortunately it went the other way.
“Thx to @Mastercard for another great week at Bay Hill and carrying on Mr Palmers legacy.”
Rose will now look to recover before next week’s event, The Players Championship; an event regarded as the ‘Fifth Major.’