Back spasms leave Tiger questionable for Masters

 

Back spasms leave Tiger questionable for Masters

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study “My doctors have advised me not to play for the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods said on his website.“This is not what I was hoping for or expecting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe statement on his website said a “possible playing schedule” for Woods in March and beyond would be determined after his back has been reassessed, with time ticking as the Masters, the year’s first major tournament, looms April 6-9 at Augusta National.The 41-year-old American, who has not taken a major title since the 2008 US Open and last won any event at the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, has 79 career PGA triumphs, three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Draymond Green grabs NBA first in Warriors win over Grizzlies Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don't miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Tiger Woods holds his back after playing his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. Donald Miralle/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods will miss planned US PGA Tour starts the next two weeks with ongoing back spasms, which forced him out last week in Dubai and have him questionable for the Masters.The 14-time major winner, trying to rebuild his career after back surgery that benched him for more than a year, pulled out of next week’s Genesis Open at Riviera and the following week’s Honda Classic near his South Florida home.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacking a ranking high enough to play in WGC events next month in Mexico City and Austin, Texas, there are four PGA events in which Woods could prepare for the Masters, but the only one in his usual rotation is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, set for March 16-19.Others would be the Valspar Championship near Tampa the week before Bay Hill, the Puerto Rico Open the week after Bay Hill and the Houston Open the week before the Masters, a week Woods usually skips tournaments in favor of practice.Woods tweeted that he will appear at Riviera next week, saying, “Really looking forward to seeing everyone at genesis open next week, unfortunately I won’t be able to play.”Woods said he was “extremely disappointed” to miss the Genesis Open, which benefits his charity foundation, and the Honda Classic.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos But Woods, a former world number one who has slid to 674th in the rankings, has struggled since making a December return from a 16-month layoff following back surgeries in September and October of 2015.The man who once strode above the sport pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.Woods had missed the cut a week earlier, a once unthinkable scenario, at his first US PGA event of the year at Torrey Pines, a course where he has won eight titles.“The whole plan was to get my body, mind and spirit ready for that first full week in April,” Woods said last week.“You know, I’ve done it (won at Augusta) four times and I’d love to do it a fifth.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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