Tiger Woods has disclosed that he is withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida.
Woods, ranked 12th, cited a neck strain he said he’s had for a few weeks, adding he had no “long-term concerns.”
He said via Twitter “I’ve been receiving treatment, but it hasn’t improved enough to play.”
This would have been Woods’ 19th appearance at the event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary when play begins. His eight victories at the PGA Tour event is a record, shared with Sam Snead, for most wins at a single event.
Woods won his first in 2000 and took the top spot in the three following. His last win was in 2013 when he shot 13-under 275 for a two-stroke victory. He did not return until last season and finished tied for fifth place.
Woods tweeted” I hope to be ready for The Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville”
The tennis super star played in the WGC-Mexico Championship two weeks ago and finished tied for 10th. The 43-year-old is balancing competitive golf with periods of rest to best prepare for The Masters in April.
By Olukayode Oniwinde
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