Tiger Woods withdraws from Omega Dubai Desert Classic due to lower back spasm

Tiger Woods withdraws from Omega Dubai Desert Classic due to lower back spasm

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Tiger Woods withdraws from Omega Dubai Desert Classic due to lower back spasm

Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Tiger Woods’ comeback came to a crashing halt when he withdrew from the $2.65 million Omega Dubai Desert Classic because of a back spasm just an hour before he was due to tee off in his second round.

Woods was due to resume the tournament alongside Masters winner Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick after an opening 5-over 77, his worst score in 29 trips around the Emirates course.

Woods’ back went into spasm after dinner last night and, despite treatment from his trainer, Woods ruled himself out of the tournament.

“He felt okay coming off the golf course yesterday,” agent Mark Steinberg said. “He said he was okay before dinner last night, but went into a spasm in his lower back fairly late last night after dinner. He tried to work it out, but didn’t get it worked out.

“He had treatment starting pretty early this morning probably for the last three hours. It’s a back spasm. It’s not the nerve pain that kept him out for so long. He just can’t get the back spasm to calm down. He feels terrible. He talked to Matthew and Danny and he feels awful, and feels terrible for the tournament.

“He can move around, he just can’t make a full rotation on the swing.

“The fact that he feels it’s not the nerve pain, that’s very encouraging for him. He’s had some spasms before.

“He’s got to get the spasm to calm down. He has his trainer here, and that’s who’s been working on him for the past several hours. He’ll get it to calm down. Forget about the long-term prognosis, the short-term prognosis hopefully he thinks will be strong based on the fact it’s not that nerve pain I alluded to.

“I’m sure there are so many different factors that could play into it, I just don’t know what causes a back to go into a spasm. He doesn’t have the strongest back in the world so it’s probably easier to spasm because of the issues he’s had. He wanted to be here. He wants to be here. He just feels terrible that he can’t finish it out today.”

The 14-time major winner said he was in no pain during his opening round. That seemed at odds with the way he was moving on the golf course. Woods seemed to be walking very cautiously during a round in which he failed to make a birdie.

Woods began his return to golf with a missed cut last week at the PGA Tour’s Framers Insurance Open. The 41-year-old has a week off before he is due to play two in a row on the PGA Tour, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic. The news from Dubai now throws those appearances, and his entire future, into doubt.

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