Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rose resigns European Tour card

Justin Rose
Rose said he felt "deflated" at missing out on a place in the Ryder Cup

Justin Rose has resigned from the European Tour after a wrist injury prevented him from participating in enough tournaments to retain his card.

The 30-year-old has played only three of the required 12 tournaments so far, and there are only seven more to come.

But the Englishman is unlikely to face the usual two-year ban on Tour re-instatement as he has been discussing his predicament with Tour officials.

He said he wanted a light schedule to boost his hopes of being fit for 2011.

Rose, born in South Africa and raised in Hampshire, is now based in the United States - and is a former European Tour number one.

But he began the season outside the world top 50 and missed out on a place in European captain Colin Montgomerie's 2010 Ryder Cup team.


Tour rules state that anyone failing to play the minimum number of events to maintain their membership "shall not be eligible for reinstatement to European Tour membership without the written permission of the chief executive until the lapse of 24 calendar months."

But Tour chief operating officer Keith Waters stated that officials sympathised with Rose's position and would not be taking any action against him.

"We've been discussing the situation with Justin for months and months as you can imagine," Waters commented.

"He started the year in a difficult position outside the world's top 50 and not qualified for the world championships or majors.

"It's been hard for him to get to 12 and having played only six to this point he didn't want to play six of the next seven weeks, not least because he's had a bit of a niggling wrist injury.

"He resigned with a view to rejoining next season and then playing 12-plus counting events."

Rose admitted he had been "deflated" by his Ryder Cup omission - an act which Montgomerie described as "the worst day of my professional career" - but sadded he was "proud of how some of my friends played out there... and I am more excited than ever to get into the team for 2012."

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