Los Angeles - Tiger Woods has been advised to limit his activities as he battles back spasms that have hindered his return to competition.
he had already withdrawn from this week's Genesis Open, as tournament
host he was supposed to give a press conference on Wednesday, but
"After receiving daily treatment the last several
days on his on-going back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been advised by
doctors to limit all activities and will not hold a press conference
Wednesday," the tournament said in a statement.
Woods, the 14-time
major champion trying to rebuild his career after multiple back
surgeries that benched him for more than a year, pulled out of the
European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic before announcing his withdrawal
from this week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club and the Honda
Classic near his Florida home next week.
In a statement on his
website last week, the 41-year-old superstar said a "possible playing
schedule" for March and beyond would be determined after his back had
been reassessed, with time ticking as the Masters, the first major
tournament of the year, looms on April 6-9.
number one Jason Day, who has battled back trouble of his own, noted
that Woods is in the difficult position now of needing to play to hone
his game, but needing to rest his back.
"I think it's a
double-edged sword for him because he has to come out and play and play
tournament golf, but you have to watch also your back and make sure
that's healthy," Day said.
"Because you have to play golf to get
tournament ready and get the competitive rounds under your belt and get
those juices flowing again, but also in the same regard you have to be
wary of, is your back 100 percent."
Day said he hoped to see Woods back in action without injury concerns before the end of the year.
"I just want to see him back competitively playing and not having to have the injury kind of doubt in your mind," he said.