Injury knocks Rose out of Honda

Justin Rose, the U.S. Open champion, withdrew from the Honda Classic, which starts Thursday, because of a continuing problem with his right shoulder.

Rose sustained the injury while throwing his golf ball to his caddie late last year and played through it for the rest of 2013, before withdrawing from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open at the start of this year.

The Englishman finally played for the first time in 2014 at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera two weeks ago and tied for 45th, before being knocked out of the Accenture Match Play Championship in the second round by Ernie Els on the 20th hole.

“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 season,” Rose’s management team said in a statement. “Therefore, Justin must withdraw from this week’s Honda Classic.”

Rose hopes to return next week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which he won in 2012.

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