Adrian Ballantyne examines Woods' withdrawal from the Dubai Desert Classic and wonders how much more of a physical and emotional battering he can take in the name of getting back to anywhere near his best on the golf course.

The PGA Tour heads to one of the prettiest venues in world sport this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where the likes of celebrities Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Wayne Gretzky and Ray Romano will play with Tour stars. We also preview Marcus Fraser's defence of the Maybank Championship in Malaysia and the unique Oates Vic Open, where men and women will play alongside each over four days at Thirteenth Beach.

Also, checkout Jordan Spieth's trip to Japan to launch his new golf shoes, while we look at the recently released 2017 Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls.

That's just some of what you will find in this week's Golf Australia Express.