Justin Rose Pulls Out Of Honda Classic Tournament On PGA Tour

justinroseswingsThe PGA Tour is shifting from the US Midwest to the southeast for the Honda Classic, a tournament played every year in Florida. The latest leg of the Tour tees off on Thursday February 27, and will sink the final putt at the end of Sunday March 2.

According to the PGA, the amount of money up for grabs in Florida is $6 million, with the winner guaranteed to win over $1 million. Golf fans are hedging their bets that some of the PGA’s most shining stars will win the Honda Classic, but labeling one player as a frontrunner over others is a difficult bet to make.

However, the tournament will be played without one player who would under normal circumstances be a contender to win. Justin Rose, currently ranked as the world’s third best golfer, has pulled himself out of the Honda Classic.

Rose was expected to be one of the best players in Florida, but while playing in the western US, the English pro flared up an old injury in his right shoulder. According to Rose, he first strained the muscles in his shoulder while playing at the Barclays in New York last August.

The injury kept Rose from being a top competitor for the remainder of the 2013 PGA Tour, and delayed his opening match in the 2014 Tour until the Northern Trust Open in California earlier this month. While the injury is healing and physical therapy has made the shoulder strong enough to handle golf swings again, Rose decided he was not ready to play a full month of golf yet.

But don’t expect the world’s number three pro to be sidelined for long. Rose says he will be back to compete in the Cadillac Championship beginning on March 6, which will also be played in Florida – an event that Rose previously won in 2012. Might there be another championship in waiting for Justin Rose?