Tiger Woods Drops out of Dubai Classic
Tiger Woods withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Friday morning before the second-round play due to back spasm he began suffering after dinner Thursday night.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said the problem is not related to the nerve issues that has given him issues over the past few years. Steinberg said Woods could move, he just was unable to make a full rotation.
“He says it’s not the nerve pain that’s kept him out for so long,” Steinberg said at Emirates Golf Club.
Woods shot a horrible opening-round 77 with no birdies and five bogeys on Thursday. It was his worst score in 29 rounds at Emirates Golf Club, where he has won twice.
Woods was walking tentatively throughout the course yesterday in just his third tournament start in the past 18 months. His last tournament, the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods missed the cut and was likely to miss the cut in this tournament as well.
“No, I wasn’t in pain at all,” Woods said when asked directly about it after the first round. “I was just trying to hit shots, and I wasn’t doing a very good job.”
Woods would’ve probably needed to shoot 5-under-par 67 on Friday to make the anticipated even par cut. If Woods is healthy he would compete at the Genesis Open at Feb. 16.