DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Basic on Friday with again spasms after taking pictures an opening-round 77 a day earlier, marking one other irritating begin to his return to golf from a prolonged harm layoff.
Woods’ supervisor, Mark Steinberg, mentioned Woods had again spasms on Thursday evening after dinner.
“Tiger Woods went right into a spasm in his decrease again pretty late final evening … bought therapy executed early this morning for three 1/2 hours, however can’t get it out,” Steinberg mentioned. “He says it’s not the nerve, however again spasm, and he can’t get the spasms to settle down. He can transfer round, however he can’t make a full rotation in his swing.”
Woods made a comeback after a number of again surgical procedures after a 16-month layoff, and was anticipated to play 4 occasions in 5 weeks, ranging from final week’s Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines, the place he missed the lower.
The European Tour, with out giving a purpose, introduced his withdrawal on Friday earlier than Woods started his second spherical in Dubai.
After his opening spherical, Woods mentioned: “I wasn’t in ache in any respect … I used to be simply making an attempt to hit pictures and I wasn’t doing an excellent job.”
Final week in San Diego, Woods returned to the PGA Tour and lasted solely two days.
Woods by no means bought something going after beginning with a birdie within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open and didn’t come shut to creating the lower. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on his ultimate gap on the North Course for an even-par 72 and missed the lower at Torrey Pines for the primary time in his profession.
Woods was coming off the longest layoff of his profession as he recovered from two again surgical procedures. He had final performed on the PGA Tour in August 2015 on the Wyndham Championship, the place he tied for 10th. He performed within the Bahamas the primary week of December in an unofficial occasion with an 18-man subject and no lower.
After Dubai, Woods has every week off earlier than enjoying back-to-back weeks on each ends of the nation, Los Angeles (Genesis Open) and Florida (Honda Basic).