It looks like the back is getting better. One month ago, Tiger Woods’ back spasms were so severe that he cancelled a scheduled news conference during the Genesis Open at Riviera after doctors advised him to stay horizontal.
On Monday, Woods will sit in a chair at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York to sign his new book, The 1997 Masters: My Story, which he wrote with Lorne Rubenstein. While Grand Central Publishing (a division of Hachette Book Group) is releasing the book, the publishing company hasn’t issued any further schedule, as extensive media appearances are almost universally a part of a major book launch like this.
Woods’ last public appearance came on Feb. 3 in the United Arab Emirates when he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms after shooting an opening 77. Since then, sightings have been fleeting and updates on Woods’ health and game have been sparse.
He did not play, as originally planned, at Riviera, or the Honda Classic or the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he won eight times.
His statement on missing the first event at Bay Hill since Mr. Palmer’s passing last September read: “Unfortunately, due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back, I won’t be able to play in this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. … Presently, I have no timetable for my return to golf, but my treatments are continuing and going well.”
The information on the Barnes & Noble website promoting the book signing says: “This event offers an extremely limited amount of wristbands and seats with purchase of The 1997 Masters: My Story. Mr. Woods will only be signing copies of his new book, no memorabilia please. Wristbands will be distributed with purchase of The 1997 Masters: My Story,” as of 9 a.m. on the morning of the event at this location only (the signing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.) Requests for signatures on memorabilia, book personalizing or photos with Mr. Woods will not be granted. This event will not include a reading, discussion or Q&A. Two book limit per person.”
In fairness to Tiger, those restrictions and verbiage are put in place by the store and not the author. They are common for most celebrity book signings.
**Read Steve Eubanks’ in-depth column on Tiger Woods’ book and what Woods’ look at the past might say about his future in the game in Monday’s edition of The Post. **