After he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms two weeks ago, murmurs of concern circulated in the golfspace that needle-mover Tiger Woods could be dealing with the return of serious back issues.
When he scrapped the Genesis Open and Honda Classic, those murmurs grew louder. And when, after first rescheduling, the 14-time major champion was unable to make it to the press center for his scheduled Wednesday news conference at the Genesis Open, real concern about the nature and severity of Woods’ back injury began to circulate.
Woods’ longtime agent, Mark Steinberg chatted with the AP’s Doug Ferguson, telling the veteran reporter that Woods is on (what sounds like) bed rest until further notice.
”He flew out here [to California] and got to see one of his doctors. Based on the work they did the last couple of days, they advised he just stay horizontal. It’s best to listen to the doctors. The ultimate goal is to get out and play.’
Sure, that’s the best advice. But the use of the phrase “stay horizontal” might not be the best choice of words (we’re having flashbacks to 2009). Apparently, though, Team Tiger doesn’t necessarily think the persistence of Woods’ back spasms represents a long-term setback.
”The goal is to get everything to calm down, have it calm down for a while, continue to get treatment and get back to a place where he’s chipping and putting and hitting balls. The hope was the spasms would calm down,” Steinberg said. “And they haven’t.”
While all this does sound extreme, and it’s easy to hit the panic button (and Woods’ camp is notoriously tight-lipped), we’ll take Steinberg at his word, assuming the spasms are unrelated to previous nerve issues and that once they “calm down,” his boss will be back in action.
Most of the golfing world is rooting for Woods to make a full recovery and win again on Tour, but then there are those select few who would love to see him fall flat on his face: