Tiger Woods withdraws from Dubai Desert Clas­sic


Tiger Woods with­drew from the Dubai Desert Clas­sic on Fri­day with back spasms af­ter shoot­ing an open­ing-round 77 a day ear­lier, mark­ing an­other frus­trat­ing start to his re­turn to golf from a lengthy in­jury lay­off.

Woods’ man­ager, Mark Stein­berg, said Woods had back spasms on Thurs­day night af­ter din­ner.

“Tiger Woods went into a spasm in his lower back fairly late last night ... got treat­ment done early this morn­ing for 3 1-2 hours, but can’t get it out,’’ Stein­berg said. “He says it’s not the nerve, but back spasm, and he can’t get the spasms to calm down. He can move around, but he can’t make a full ro­ta­tion in his swing.’’

Woods made a come­back af­ter mul­ti­ple back surg­eries af­ter a 16-month lay­off, and was ex­pected to play four times in five weeks, start­ing from last week’s Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open at Tor­rey Pines, where he missed the cut.

The Euro­pean Tour, without giv­ing a rea­son, an­nounced his with­drawal on Fri­day be­fore Woods be­gan his sec­ond round in Dubai.

Af­ter his open­ing round, Woods said: “I wasn’t in pain at all ... I was just try­ing to hit shots and I wasn’t do­ing a very good job.’’

Last week in San Diego, Woods re­turned to the PGA Tour and lasted only two days.

Woods never got any­thing go­ing af­ter start­ing with a birdie in the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open and didn’t come close to mak­ing the cut.

He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on his fi­nal hole on the North Course for an even-par 72 and missed the cut at Tor­rey Pines for the first time in his ca­reer.

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