In a surprising turn of events, the former world. No. 1 golfer Justin Rose has announced that he has withdrawn from the Open Championship due to a back injury, per ESPN. Rose made the decision to back out of the tournament on Thursday morning after reportedly sustaining an injury during Wednesday's practice session.

Rose cut his practice round short on Wednesday after suffering a back injury, and while he was hopeful that he'd be able to take part in the Open Championship on Thursday, he was forced to withdraw.

“On the fourth hole yesterday during my practice round, I made a swing with my driver and started to feel pain in my lower back,” Rose said via ESPN. “I've been getting around-the-clock treatment, but it just doesn't feel ready to compete in this prestigious championship.”

Rose, who was scheduled to play in a group with Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari. Rose withdrew from play just moments before he was scheduled to tee off with his group. He was quickly replaced by Rikuya Hoshino, who received the call on Thursday morning that he'd be joining up with Fleetwood and Molinari on the links.

This is the first time since 2006 that Rose will not be in the field for the Open Championship. His best-ever finish at the prestigious tournament came back in 2018 when he tied for second place. This year's British Open is the 150th edition of the event, so it'll be extra disappointing for Rose to miss out on the historic competition. Hopefully, this back injury won't keep him sidelined for too long.