Tiger Woods’s withdrawal from Dubai Desert Classic puts future in doubt

• Fifth time Woods has pulled out in past 19 tournaments
• Former world No1 scheduled to play twice before end of month

This has become the Seve Ballesteros comparison nobody wants. Tiger Woods, struggling horribly for form, clearly under psychological strain and hampered by injury, bears a sad resemblance to the late Spaniard in the closing stages of his own previously glorious career.

The bulletin on Friday morning that Woods had withdrawn from the Dubai Desert Classic here before hitting a second?round ball was no great shock in the context of recent times. Still, as with everything surrounding Woods, it represented significant news.

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