Justin Rose has resigned from the European Tour after being left out of the Ryder Cup team. But he is not facing a two-year ban and is expected to be back as a member next season.
The former European Tour No. 1, who admits he was "deflated" when told by Colin Montgomerie he was not getting a wild card, has played only three regular European Tour events all season. Even with two majors and a world championship in America counting toward his membership, Rose was only halfway toward the minimum 12 required and there are only seven more to come.
The rules state that anyone failing to participate in the minimum "shall not be eligible for reinstatement to European Tour membership without the written permission of the chief executive until the lapse of 24 calendar months."
But Keith Waters, the Tour's chief operating officer, has said no disciplinary action will be taken against the 30-year-old, who on his website describes himself as "more excited than ever to get into the team for 2012."
Rose's name has already been removed from this year's "Race to Dubai" money list and so he is ineligible for the season-ending Dubai World Championship next month. He will, though, be playing alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the HSBC Champions -- part of the World Golf Championship series -- in Shanghai from Nov. 4-7.
"We've been discussing the situation with Justin for months and months, as you can imagine,” said Waters. "He started the year in a difficult position outside the world's top 50 and not qualified for the world championships or majors.
"It's been hard for him to get to 12, and having played only six to this point he didn't want to play six of the next seven weeks, not least because he's had a bit of a niggling wrist injury,” he added. "He resigned with a view to rejoining next season and then playing 12-plus counting events."
In a blog post, Rose congratulated the victorious European Ryder Cup team, but also spoke about the disappointment he felt when the call from Montgomerie came during the FedExCup playoffs.
"I felt very close at The Barclays and was two off the lead going into the last round before receiving a call from Colin Montgomerie saying I wasn't in the Ryder Cup team," he added. "That was deflating. I was hopeful of making the team. I tried to pick myself up and focus on the job at hand, but felt my mind wandering back to the decision by Monty and replaying the conversation.
"I'm now really excited about the off-season. It is a period that I see as a huge opportunity to get better as a player,” he added. "Also, I get to spend genuine quality time with the family. That is rare for us all, so I want to make the most of it. I am playing a light schedule for the remainder of the season, but will be doing all the right things behind the scenes to give myself the chance to come out strong next year."