Justin Rose is back on the comeback trail one week after withdrawing from the Hero World Challenge.
Rose initially injured his back at The Players Championship in May and missed a handful of starts in the spring. He returned to form in time to win a gold medal at the Olympics, but opted to take time off after the Ryder Cup to rest and recover.
The Englishman attempted to return last week in the Bahamas, but he withdrew following a 2-over 74 that left him in last place amongh the 18-man field. Rose now appears ready to give it another go this week at the European Tour's UBS Hong Kong Open, where he hopes to defend his title.
"I've done everything I can the last few days to do everything I can to defend here," Rose told reporters. "I'm making good progress. I've been working hard, to be honest with you, for seven weeks. I've been really excited about what I've seen in my game in practice."
Rose will play the first two rounds alongside Thongchai Jaidee and Scott Hend, and he remains optimistic that this latest comeback effort will last more than 18 holes.
"Last week was a mishap for sure, but I feel good about things in general," he said. "It's not ideal to come in here slightly undercooked preparation-wise, but I'm hoping that the fact that I've been diligent and careful the last few days is going to allow me to be competitive for all four days."