Tiger Woods Pulls Out of Genesis Open & Honda Classic
The same reason Tiger Woods withdrew from a tournament in Dubai last week will keep him out of his next two scheduled starts as well. Woods announced on his website Friday that he will skip next week’s Genesis Open at Riviera and the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida due to ongoing back spasms.
“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods said. “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.”
The symptoms are similar to what Woods experienced prior to the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he withdrew Feb. 3 after shooting a first-round 77 that included no birdies.
Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge following a 16-month absence due to multiple back surgeries in 2015 which his agent says these back spasms aren’t related.
Woods missed the cut by four strokes at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago.
Woods will next play when his back is better and the next possible places he could are at the Valspar Championship, March 9-12, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 16-19.