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Woods pulls out
of next 2 tourneys
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif---Tiger 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 on his website that he was still coping
with back spasms that he attributed to his withdrawal
from the Dubai Desert Classic last week.
"My doctors have advised me not to play the next two
weeks to continue my treatment and to let my back calm
down," Woods said. "This is not what I was hoping for
The Tiger Woods Foundation now runs the Genesis
Open in Los Angeles, and Woods was expected to play
Riviera next week for the first time since 2006. He also
withdrew from the Honda Classic near his home in
Woods said he would still go to Riviera to support the
Woods was out of golf for 15 months while recovering
from three back surgeries---the first one a week before
the 2014 Masters, the most recent in October 2015 --- and
returned with high hopes at an unofficial event in the
Bahamas the first week in December. Woods made 24
birdies to offset a litany of mistakes and finished 15th in
an 18-man field.
His return to a full field didn't last long. Woods didn't
make the cut at Torrey Pines, and lasted only one round
at Dubai, where he shot 77 and walked gingerly on the
putting greens and climbing out of bunkers. He cited back
spasms the next day when he withdrew.
Earlier in the week, Woods said in a promotional in-
terview that he didn't think he would "ever feel great"
again because of the surgeries. The interview was with
Peter Dawson, the former R&A chief executive who now
promotes golf in Dubai.
"I feel good, not great," Woods said in the interview.
"Granted, I don't think I'll ever feel great because it's three
back surgeries, four knee operations. I'm always going
to be a little sore. It's just the way it is. As long as I can
function, and function at a good enough level, I'm fine
with that." (AP)
Man who completed 744
marathons dies at 96
ROCHESTER, NY---Don McNelly, known world-
wide for powering through marathon runs and
running up record totals into his 70s and 80s,
A retired paper company executive from upstate New
York, McNelly died Sunday at age 96, according to the
Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home in the Rochester suburb
McNelly didn't start running marathons until he was
nearly 50 after a close friend died of a heart attack. He
ran his first marathon in Boston in 1969. Forty years later,
he had completed 744 of them, running 26.2-mile races
in all 50 states, every Canadian province and on every
continent, including Antarctica.
McNelly was 86 in 2006 when he completed his 700th
marathon, eventually reaching his goal with marathon
No. 744, the same number of his Navy destroyer in the
Pacific during World War II. His race total included 117
ultra-marathons, races that are longer than the traditional
"I'm 90 and I feel like I'm 50, 60 tops," he told The
Associated Press in November 2010, a week after he had
to pull out of a marathon in Pennsylvania after making
it about midway through the race. "I'm a lucky, lucky,
Born on a farm in Brookville, Ohio, the first of seven
children, McNelly enlisted in the Navy during World War
II and served as chief engineering officer aboard the USS
Kyne, a destroyer escort officially known as DE-744. In
1954, he and his family moved from Indiana to Rochester.
After taking up marathon running, McNelly befriended
Norm Frank, another runner from the Rochester area with
a passion for marathons. The two traveled together to
In this November 14, 2010 file photo, Don McNelly (90), of Irondequoit, NY,
competes in the 2010 Harrisburg Marathon in Harrisburg, Pa. AP PHOTO
races to save on gas and hotel bills. By the time Frank died
in 2015 at 83, he had completed 965 marathons.
McNelly set world records in his 70s, when he racked
up 295 marathons, and in his 80s, when he accumulated
Dan McNelly said his father was addicted to running
and proud of it.
"If he couldn't do marathons he wasn't going to do
anything else," the younger McNelly told the Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle.
Survivors include Phyllis, his wife of nearly 75 years,
and another son Tom. (AP)
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