It looks like Tiger Woods’ PGA season has hit yet another setback. After recently withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic because of back spasms, that same issue has forced him to pull out of two more tournaments.
Woods will not play in the upcoming Genesis Open and Honda Classic. On Friday, Woods announced on his website, “My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down.” The 14-time major winner also added:
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 returned to the PGA tour a couple of weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open, but fell short of making the cut by four strokes. Now 41 years old, it still remains to be seen if he will ever return to form, especially considering all the serious injuries he has had since 2008. Still, Woods plans to re-evaluate his schedule after his back is looked at again.
One of the greatest golfers of all-time, Woods has not captured a major since the 2008 U.S. Open when he out-dueled Rocco Mediate with an iconic playoff putt that gave him his 14th major. Whether he ever wins another one will have to wait longer, but the signs are certainly not encouraging.