Tiger Woods won't play Orlando's Arnold Palmer Invitational due to back injury

Orlando Sentinel

Tiger Woods won’t play Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Invitational due to an ailing back.

Woods, who had a shot to become the first PGA player to win a single event nine times, posted on his website that he had to pull out of the tournament due to a back injury. The same injury forced him to withdraw during the final round of the Honda Classic. He later struggled during the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Palmer, who hosts the event at Orlando’s Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge, said he looked forward to watching Woods play.

“I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods posted on his website. “I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided.

“It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this great tournament this week.”

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