Olympic champion Justin Rose announced Wednesday that he will be sitting out at least the remainder of the 2016 European Tour season while he recovers from a nagging back injury.
Rose suffered a herniated disc in his back during the Players Championship in May. Despite working his way back to the U.S. Open and winning gold in golf's return to the Olympics, Rose's discomfort was persistent through the end of the PGA Tour season.
The Englishman tweeted his regrets, saying: "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 will miss the European Tour's finals series, including the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship. If he returns in eight weeks, the soonest we'll see Rose on either tour will be at the end of January.
Rose represented Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, finishing with a 2-3-0 record.