It appears as if the frenzy surrounding his U.S. Open win has finally caught up with Justin Rose. His fatigue was evident over the weekend at the Travelers Championship. He played admirably for the first few days, but he clearly didn’t have enough gas left in the tank to finish the golf tournament on a high note. Now, Rose has pulled out of this week’s AT&T National, citing exhaustion as the reason for his withdrawal.
“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the AT&T National, but the last three weeks have been extremely demanding both mentally and physically,” he said in a statement. “This tournament has been very good to me — especially in 2010 — and I would play if I felt I could. Tiger and his Foundation run a great tournament, and I wish I could be there.” In the statement, Rose referenced the 2010 event that he won – his second victory of that season.
It was only a matter of time until Rose had to take a brief hiatus after everything that he endured during the U.S. Open as well as the media blitz that ensued in days following his victory. An event of that magnitude is both physically and mentally draining, especially when the tournament isn’t decided until the last possible moment. This decision makes sense because if Rose is to have any hoping of racking up another victory this year he needs to be in top form. In order to get into top form he needs some time to gather his thoughts and catch up on some much needed rest.
There is no point in Rose pushing himself past his limits in order to play in consecutive weeks at this point in the season. His eye is almost certainly affixed to the British Open in a few weeks, and he must ensure that he does everything in his power to be in the best possible position to contend there.