Justin Rose and Kevin Na retired from The Players Championship on Thursday.
Rose, from England, retired hours before playing at 1:11 pm ET along with Robert Streb and Australian Marc Leishman at TPC Sawgrass on Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Na played his first round and retired with a back injury. He fired an 81 on the day, which included eight hits in the par-3 hole.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker replaced Rose, who cited “personal medical reasons” for his retirement. A back injury was cited for his reason for retiring from the third round of last week’s Arnold Palmer invitation in Orlando, Florida.
Rose, 40, fired three shots into the water while carding a quintuple-bogey 9 in the third hole par-4 at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on Saturday. After his fourth shot at par-5 number 4, Rose called him a day.
“Disappointing to have to have WD,” Rose told reporters. “… I woke up a bit with a kind of spasmodic lumbar back today and tried to get over it. My warm-up was hard work and I couldn’t stay down. They basically lost all golf shots left to start the day.
“… I just felt like it was a prudent call, just to call her at the time.”
Rose has 10 wins in the PGA Tour, surpassed by the 2013 US Open victory.
Stricker, 54, tied for fourth place in the Open Phoenix Waste Management.
Na, 37, has five wins on the PGA Tour, including the Sony Open in Hawaii in January.
–Media at field level