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Tiger's agent calms fears as injury flares up

By Phil Casey

Tiger Woods has cancelled a press conference ahead of the Genesis Open as he continues to struggle with the back spasms which forced his withdrawal.

Woods had been due to speak on Tuesday as the tournament benefits his foundation, but initially postponed by 24 hours.

Organisers then announced that Woods has been "advised by doctors to limit all activities" as he tries to recover from the spasms after an aborted return.

"This is more precautionary,'' Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said. "This isn't about him not doing a press conference. What is he going to say? That he hopes his spasms calm down.

"This is about the Genesis Open, the Tiger Woods Foundation. He is doing all he can without having to get up so he can put himself in the best position to recover.

"He is just having a hard time getting these spasms to calm down. He's got personnel working with him to help pacify that.''

When it was suggested to Steinberg that the long-term prospects look bleak, he added: "To the outside world, it's up to you to draw that conclusion.

"Tiger remains confident. He's got an intense dedication to get back to the point where he can be practising and in public."

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