Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

This time, Tiger Woods has pulled out of a tournament with what he said is a "neck strain" that has bothered him "for a few weeks". "I've been receiving treatment, but it hasn't improved enough to play". I couldn't play at 100 percent today, so I just wanted to see if I could get out here and (my back) may have loosened up.

Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times, with his last victory in 2013.

This week marks week two of the four-week Florida Swing, as the PGA Tour stops in Bay Hill, Florida just outside of Orlando, for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. "Its connection to Arnold makes it one of my favorite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it", Woods said in a follow-up tweet.

He had previously announced this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and next week's Players Championship as his next starts, with no other tournament commitments to this point. Second - and this is the part that is new - it's prep work for most of these golfers for a newly-scheduled Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass.

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Woods, 43, is coming off a bounce-back season after years of health problems that included spinal fusion surgery. Instead of rest, and in a somewhat surprising decision, Woods travelled directly to Mexico to play in the WGC Mexico Championship.

Woods has participated in three PGS Tour events this year, Sports Illustrated noted, the most recent being the World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship, where he tied for 10th place. Woods is a two-time victor of the tournament, with his last title coming in 2013.

He competed 18 times on the PGA Tour a year ago, winning the Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour title.

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