Former world number-one ranked golfer Tiger Woods withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club about an hour before his scheduled second-round tee time Friday due to back spasms.
The 41-year-old underwent his third back surgery in 2015 and has been plagued by injuries since his heroic win at the 2008 US Open, when he continued to play despite a torn ACL.
"He said it's not the nerve pain that's kept him out for so long," said Woods' agent Mark Steinberg. "He just can't get the back spasms to calm down. He feels terrible for the tournament."
After failing to record a birdie in Thursday's first round, Woods assured reporters that he wasn't in pain "at all." Prior to this event, Woods failed to make the cut at the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, his first official event in seventeen months.
Woods is still scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at Rivera Country Club from February 16-19th.
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