Is this end?
14-time major champion Tiger Woods has taken his name off the commitment lists for the upcoming Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA and The Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens , FL. due to “ongoing back spasms” that began when he was overseas and caused him to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
As he has done recently, Tiger broke the news himself Friday morning on social media:
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 10, 2017
“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, in a statement on his website. “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 will be in Los Angels for the Genesis Open as his foundation is benefiting from the Tour event next week.
Woods had been expected to also play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando later in March, but as he said in the statement, it’s all being assessed.
Woods has had at least three back surgeries that we know of, with the latest two of them announced in September and October of 2015. He took all of 2016 off until playing in his own Hero World Challenge event in the Bahamas in December.
Tiger played in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego in January missing the cut before traveling to Dubai and pulling out after the 77 in round one.
None of this latest news is surprising. Nor, is it stopping the growing belief that Tiger is simply unable to stay healthy and basically, is physically unable to compete week in and week out during a tour and major season.