Tiger Woods Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Back and Return

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 02: Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of a back problem, and it's unclear when he'll return to the course.

Continue for updates.

Woods Cancels Press Conference Due to Injury

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Woods announced (via Jason Sobel of ESPN.com) that the press conference scheduled for Wednesday was cancelled due to back spasms.

Woods Withdraws from Next 2 Events

Friday, Feb. 10

Woods announced he won't be participating in either the Genesis Open or the Honda Classic:

My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down. 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.

Back Injuries Continue to Plague Woods

The 14-time major champion has been mired in injuries in recent seasons. Chronic back problems limited him to just 20 combined events during the last three years, with nearly all of them featuring him in significant pain. He played in only one event last season, a December trip to the Hero World Challenge.

Woods hasn't been relevant in more than two years, through no fault of his own. Put simply, his body is breaking down, and we're now nearly eight years removed from his last major win.

Golf is a non-contact sport you can play well into your late 40s at a high level, but Woods has always pushed his body to the limit. Perhaps his years of weight training and bulking up, once seen as revolutionary, are coming back to haunt him.

Either way, this isn't what fans wanted for Woods' twilight.