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Tiger Woods Withdraws From Dubai Desert Classic

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Tiger Woods, right, leaving the Emirates Golf Club on Friday, after withdrawing.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday after shooting an opening-round 77 on Thursday, another frustrating setback in his return to golf after a lengthy injury layoff.

Woods’s manager, Mark Steinberg, said Woods experienced back spasms Thursday night after dinner.

“Tiger Woods went into a spasm in his lower back fairly late last night, got treatment done early this morning for three and a half hours, but can’t get it out,” Steinberg said. “He says it’s not the nerve, but back spasm, and he can’t get the spasms to calm down. He can move around, but he can’t make a full rotation in his swing.”

Woods is trying to return after multiple back surgeries and a 16-month layoff, and he was expected to play four times in five weeks, starting with last week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California, where he missed the cut.

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