"Spasms are a amusing thing, I'm certainly no doctor but they come and go", said Steinberg.
"We all want to see him playing well again", he said, "but right now I'm concerned that someone I have admired for so long, and who I believe is the best player who ever lived, might not be able to play at any kind of level again". He just feels awful that he can't, you know, finish it out today. "He tried to work it out, but didn't get it worked out".
The optimism surrounding his return after almost 18 months was soon replaced by reality when he shot an opening-round 76 at Torrey Pines and followed with a par 72. I was kind of everywhere on the third and fourth but got back into it, steadied the ship and played a pretty solid back nine.
Another shot went after his approach to the 18th came up short of the green and rolled back into the water, the World No.666 having to hole from eight feet to avoid a double bogey.
"So, he'll get it to calm down and the short-term prognosis he thinks will hopefully be strong based on the fact it's not that nerve pain".
England's Chris Paisley, American Peter Uihlein and Prom Meesawat of Thailand are a shot behind Stenson and Coetzee, while 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett birdied the 17th to just make the cut. He's had some spasms before, no doubt about it.
Since 2014, Woods has posted seven rounds of 77 or worse and only three of 65 or better.
Tiger will tee off at 3:35 a.m. ET back in the United States.
However, the 41-year-old missed the cut at Torrey Pines after going four over par through his first two rounds.
Woods attracted huge crowds, but all would have been less than impressed with his putting.
Tiger Woods, left, makes his way to the clubhouse during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 3, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He looked like a guy nursing a back injury as he walked methodically across uneven ground.
So Woods needs to get on the phone with Couples, maybe before Woods' next scheduled start at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. The Honda in Palm Beach Gardens is about 30 minutes from Woods' homed.
Whether the comeback continues in LA remains to be seen.
The weather forecast had highlighted a possible draw bias, favouring today's early starters at the Dubai Desert Classic, as early as Monday and it came to fruition.