Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational after suffering neck strain

Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational after suffering neck strain

Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, has withdrawn from this week's event at Bay Hill Club and Lodge with a neck strain. The tournament wraps up Sunday.

"Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I've had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the API", he tweeted.

And think about this: If the PGA Tour schedule stayed the same as it was last season, when the Valspar Championship was in early March, Woods would be withdrawing from our tournament.

He also said he "hopes" to be able to play next week's Players Championship and that he's been receiving treatment on his neck.

The 14-time major champion says his previously troublesome lower back is unaffected and he has no long-term concerns.

"I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans", Woods said. "It's connection to Arnold makes it one of my favourite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it".

It was set to be Woods' 19th appearance at the event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary when play begins. The 43-year-old is balancing competitive golf with periods of rest to best prepare for The Masters in April. Woods finished tied for second at the Valspar past year, and it seems as if he would come back if he could.

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