The sports world was buzzing Monday after writer Robert Lusetich posted a tweet announcing Tiger Woods’ back pain continues to prevent the 40-year-old’s return to the PGA tour. Lusetich wrote, “He can’t move well; painful to sit,” adding, “No foreseeable return.”
I'm told #TigerWoods condition worsened. He can't move well; painful to sit. Sits in car with seat fully reclined. No forseeable return. Sad
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) February 22, 2016
Twitter reaction to Lusetich’s post was swift and mixed. Some supported Lusetich. Others were not so kind.
Get some facts you bum https://t.co/SVZJWeAPEU
— Jake Roberts (@JRob110) February 22, 2016
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg issued a statement on the controversy, “The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false,” Steinberg told ESPN.
Tiger's agent is denying the various reports that suggest he's had a setback. Called it "ridiculous' and "absolutlely false.''
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) February 22, 2016
Steinberg also described Woods’ condition as “still rehabbing.”
Woods has had a difficult time with his rehab since his first back surgery on March 31, 2014, playing in fewer than 20 tournaments since that day. Woods’ last win came in 2013 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
As the story began to bubble on social media, Lusetich was interviewed on the Dan Patrick Show.
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