| In Focus
A pictorial review of the last 30 days from around the world.
Tiger Wood cited a back injury for his withdrawal prior to hitting a shot in Round 2 of Omega Dubai Desert Classic was a significant blow for his most recent – and most ambitious – comeback attempt. Woods was expected to play four events in a five-week stretch in order to test his game, but thus far has played only three competitive rounds without breaking par. Woods told reporters in Dubai that his revamped swing was designed to “play away from pain,” but he denied any injury concerns after an openinground 77. “No, I wasn’t in pain at all,” Woods said. “I was just trying to hit shots and I wasn’t doing a very good job.” His agent Mark Steinberg told reporters that Woods had suffered an overnight back spasm that prevented him from making “a full rotation on the swing.” Woods then announced that he has withdrawn from both the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic in the following weeks.