Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (4E Sports) - Tiger Woods pulled out of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before the start of second-round play due to a back spasm, according to the former world No. 1's agent.
Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, said his client felt the spasm after dinner Thursday night, hours after he fired a 5-over 77 in the opening round at Emirates Golf Club.
"Spasms are a funny thing; I'm certainly no doctor, but they come and go," Steinberg said. "And again, the fact that he feels as though it's not the nerve pain, that's very encouraging for him.
"He's had spasms before. He's got to get the spasm to calm down, from what I gather. He has his trainer here, which is good, and that's who has been working on him for the past several hours," he added.
Steinberg clarified that the problem is not related to nerve issues that have plagued the 14-time major champion over the past few years and have resulted in three surgeries, the most recent coming in August 2015.
"He says it's not the nerve pain that's kept him out for so long," Steinberg said.
The 41-year-old Woods was being paid a seven-figure appearance fee to play in the tournament.
Steinberg hopes that Woods can play in the Genesis Open -- which benefits Woods' foundation -- at Riviera Country Club in two weeks.
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