Woods nurs­ing back spasms, ad­vised to limit ac­tiv­i­ties

Manila Times - - SPORTS - PA­CIFIC PAL­ISADES, United States: Tiger Woods of the US re­act­ing af­ter play­ing a shot dur­ing the Dubai Desert Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment at the Emi­rates Golf Club in Dubai. Tiger Woods has been ad­vised to limit his ac­tiv­i­ties as he bat­tles back spasms that h

Tiger Woods has been ad­vised to limit his ac­tiv­i­ties as he bat­tles back spasms that have hin­dered his re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion.

Al­though he had al­ready with­drawn from this week’s Ge­n­e­sis Open, as tour­na­ment host he was sup­posed to give a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, but can­celled it.

“Af­ter re­ceiv­ing daily treat­ment the last sev­eral days on his on-go­ing back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been ad­vised by doc­tors to limit all ac­tiv­i­ties and will not hold a press con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day,” the tour­na­ment said in a state­ment.

Woods, the 14- time ma­jor cham­pion try­ing to re­build his ca­reer af­ter mul­ti­ple back surg­eries that benched him for more than a year, pulled out of the Euro­pean Tour’s Dubai Desert Clas­sic be­fore an­nounc­ing his with­drawal from this week’s Ge­n­e­sis Open at Riviera Coun­try Club and the Honda Clas­sic near his Florida home next week.

In a state­ment on his web­site last week, the 41-year-old su­per­star said a “pos­si­ble play­ing sched­ule” for March and be­yond would be de­ter­mined af­ter his back had been re­assessed, with time tick­ing as the Masters, the first ma­jor tour­na­ment of the year, looms on April 6-9.

Aus­tralia’s world num­ber one Ja­son Day, who has bat­tled back trou­ble of his own, noted that Woods is in the dif­fi­cult po­si­tion now of need­ing to play to hone his game, but need­ing to rest his back.

“I think it’s a dou­ble- edged sword for him be­cause he has to come out and play and play tour­na­ment golf, but you have to watch also your back and make sure that’s healthy,” Day said.

“Be­cause you have to play golf to get tour­na­ment ready and get the com­pet­i­tive rounds un­der your belt and get those juices flow­ing again, but also in the same re­gard you have to be wary of, is your back 100 per­cent.”

Day said he hoped to see Woods back in ac­tion with­out injury con­cerns be­fore the end of the year.

“I just want to see him back com­pet­i­tively play­ing and not hav­ing to have the injury kind of doubt in your mind,” he said.

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