Justin Rose pulls out of AT&T National
For a golf tournament that already lost its host, the AT&T National was dealt another blow Monday when U.S. Open champion Justin Rose withdrew citing exhaustion.
Rose, who won the 2013 U.S. Open a little over two weeks ago at Merion, also played last week at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Both tournaments, and the media blitz Rose performed after winning his first career major, proved too much.
“I’m disappointed to withdraw from the AT&T National, but the last three weeks have been extremely demanding both mentally and physically,” Rose said in a statement.
Losing Rose will hurt the tournament, held at Bethesda's Congressional Country Club, especially on the heels of Tiger Wood's decision to sit out.
Woods, who hosts the tournament and is the defending champion, announced earlier this month that he would not play. Woods played through an elbow injury during the U.S. Open at Merion and wants to rest the joint before the British Open next month.
Rose won the AT&T in 2010, and is the third ranked player in the world.
“This tournament has been very good to me – especially in 2010 – and I would play if I felt I could," Rose said.
All is not lost for local golf fans that plan on attending this week at Congressional. Masters champion Adam Scott is still slated to play, as are tour winners like Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Nick Watney and Hunter Mahan.