Woods' manager, Mark Steinberg, said in Dubai last week the back issue that forced the 14-time major victor to withdraw from the European Tour event wasn't related to the multiple surgeries he has undergone. Not at 41 with a full year of rest and rehabilitation under his belt, not after following doctor's orders so thoroughly, which hasn't always been easy for the 14-time major champion, and rediscovering his competitive zeal. "This is not what I was hoping for or expecting".
Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Genesis Open and Honda Classic due to back spasms. "We have a wonderful tournament planned with numerous best players in the world who I know are going to miss Tiger's presence as well".
So he's effectively taking a month off by choosing not to play these next two tournaments.
Before the Dubai withdrawal, Woods missed the cut in his official PGA Tour return at the Farmers Insurance Open, missing the cut by four shots after rounds of 76 and 72.
After his opening round in Dubai, Woods insisted his back was OK. Woods said Friday that he was pulling out of the event in Los Angeles and will also pass on his scheduled start after that, the following week's Honda Classic.
Woods is said to have experienced ongoing back spasms similar to those he felt last week.
"One thing is, he's a pretty tough competitor", McAllister said.
It has to pain Woods to see two of his biggest rivals - Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson - thrive while he languishes. "I've got to save my body and be ready to peak four times a year". He opened the tournament with a birdie-free 77 but insisted despite visual evidence to the contrary that he was pain free during the round.
Woods said he would carry on as long as he felt capable of winning, after a painful rehabilitation. I'm a believer that he still has some good golf left in him, if he can somehow get his back under control.