Tiger Woods withdraws from next two scheduled starts

Tiger Woods announced Friday that he won’t play in next week’s Genesis Open in Los Angeles or The Honda Classic the following week because of what his website describes as “ongoing back spasms.”

Woods was forced to withdraw a week ago at the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic after shooting a first-round 77.

“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” said Woods, who wasn’t scheduled to play this week at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. “This is not what I was hoping for or expecting. I am extremely disappointed.”

Woods noted that the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles benefits his foundation and The Honda Classic is played in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., which he described as ” my hometown event,” making his withdrawals all the more disappointing.

According to his website, Woods is expected to travel to L.A. for next week’s event.

Article Written by Bob Hille of TSN