Tiger withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational due to neck strain

Elena Summers
March 8, 2019

At least it's not his back.

The 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off with the opening round on Thursday, and casual golf fans tuning in may be wondering: Say, where is that Tiger Woods guy?

The eight-time Bay Hill champion, and now ranked 12th in the world, said he's been battling with the injury for some weeks.

The 43-year-old, an eight-time victor of the tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando, announced on Twitter that he had been struggling with the problem for several weeks.

Woods, who returned to competition last season after a lengthy recovery from spinal fusion surgery, said he had been dealing with the strain for a few weeks and that he hoped to play in The Players Championship next week.

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain
Woods skipping API with neck strain

Woods added that his lower back is fine, and he's not concerned about the injury long term. The 43-year-old won his first in 2000 and took the top spot in the three following.

The Players Championship will start on March 14th, and now, bookmakers are yet to change any odds after Woods injury.

Woods is expected by many to compete for majors this year.

Cape Town - World No 6 Rory McIlroy highly doubts Tiger Woods' recent injury will push him into retirement. He said his chance to play PGA Tour events over the next two years will help him prepare to be captain. Woods has only four events to play before the Masters - The Players, the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Valero Texas Open.


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