Justin Rose to take two-month "rest"

Justin Rose celebrates winning Olympic gold in Rio on August 14, 2016
Justin Rose confirms that he will take a two-month break from golf to focus on "rest and recovery"

Justin Rose has announced that he will take a two-month break from golf in order to get "rest and recovery" during a hectic season.

The 36-year-old was forced to take a month out in May after suffering a back problem during the Players Championship but returned for the US Open, where he missed the cut, before going on to win gold for Team GB at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"Following an intense summer schedule and discussion with my team, I have decided to take the next eight weeks off for rest and recovery," Rose said in a statement on his Twitter account.

"As many of you know, during the Players Championship I experienced discomfort in my back from a disc herniation and was sidelined for the following month. I worked hard to be able to return at the US Open but my ongoing tournament schedule, combined with heavy preparation for the Olympics, did not allow for full and proper recovery.

"At this point in my career it is important to invest in my body and this time off is crucial for me to return to peak performance. The remainder of the year has such a great run of tournaments and I am very disappointed to have to miss out on some of them."

The news means that Rose will miss out on the European Tour's Final Series and the British Masters.

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