Tiger Woods announced Friday he would not be playing in the Genesis Open and Honda Classic due to back spasms.
“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “This is not what I was hoping for or expecting. I am extremely disappointed to miss the Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits my foundation, and The Honda Classic, my hometown event. I would like to thank Genesis for their support, and I know we will have an outstanding week.”
Woods was slated to play in the Genesis Open at Riviera for the first time since 2006, but will have to miss out for at least another year. Woods played in just three tournaments since his 15-month hiatus due to multiple back surgeries. He led the field in birdies at the Hero World Challenge in December but finished 15th at 4 under. He missed the cut at last month’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after an opening-round 77.
Woods still plans to attend the Genesis Open and said he will reassess his schedule after the Honda Open.