Tiger Woods’ comeback has stalled again.
Woods announced Friday morning on his website that upon the advice of doctors he will not play in the Genesis Open or the Honda Classic over the next two weeks due to ongoing back spasms similar to those that prompted him to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last week.
“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods wrote.
“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 originally scheduled four tournaments in a five-week stretch beginning with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and culminating with the Honda Classic in two weeks.
Instead, Woods played three competitive rounds – missing the cut at Torrey Pines after rounds of 76-72 and withdrawing in Dubai after an opening 77.
Woods said his aggressive schedule was in part due to his desire to be ready for The Masters in April. It is unclear when Woods will return to the PGA Tour. In the statement on his website, he indicated his playing status will be determined after his back is reassessed.
Woods is not eligible for the WGC-Mexico Championship March 2-5 and has not played the subsequent Valspar Championship in previous years. He has won eight times at Bay Hill, where the Arnold Palmer Invitational will be played March 16-19.