Tiger Woods’ agent explains his absence at press conference

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Tiger Woods has not teed it up at the iconic Riviera Country Club since 2006, so when news came out that his foundation was the beneficiary and host of the newly-minted Genesis Open, it was not a surprise when he committed to play in the event as part of his return to the PGA Tour after a 15-month absence due to two back surgeries.

It was also not a huge surprise when his subsequent withdrawal from the Genesis Open occurred after he WD’d from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic following an opening round 77 and back spasms.

However, it was quite the surprise when the 14-time major champion was not even able to attend a scheduled news conference at the Genesis Open.

There was little explanation given other than a late-night Valentine’s Day press release announcing the cancellation and that it would not be rescheduled.

Then on Wednesday, Woods’ agent spoke about the cancelled presser.

“He flew out here and got to see one of his doctors,” agent Mark Steinberg (in middle above) said on golf.com. “Based on the work they did the last couple of days, they advised he just stay horizontal. It’s best to listen to the doctors. The ultimate goal is to get out and play.”

Woods also withdrew from next week’s The Honda Classic.

“The goal is to get everything to calm down, have it calm down for a while, continue to get treatment and get back to a place where he’s chipping and putting and hitting balls,” Steinberg continued. “We’re not talking about an extended break.”

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