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Woods pulls out of next 2 tournaments with back issues

  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on his website that he was still coping with back spasms that he attributed to his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic last week. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on his website that he was still coping with back spasms that he attributed to his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic last week. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 12 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts after his approach shot on the 18th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisc. Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on his website that he was still coping with back spasms that he attributed to his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic last week. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 12 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts after his approach shot on the 18th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisc. Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, on his website that he was still coping with back spasms that he attributed to his withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic last week. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods is pulling out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems.

Woods said on his website Friday that his doctors have advised him not to play so he can continue treatment on his back. He withdrew after a 77 in the first round in Dubai with what he described as back spasms.

Woods was scheduled to play at Riviera next week in Los Angeles for the first time since 2006. He also was to play the Honda Classic the following week near his home in Florida.

Woods was out of golf for 15 months while recovering from three back surgeries. He was 15th in an 18-man field in the Bahamas in December, then missed the cut at Torrey Pines and lasted only one round in Dubai.