Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

This is the first time the 43-year-old Woods has withdrawn from a tournament in two years, shortly before his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower spine.

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

"I've been receiving treatment, but it hasn't improved enough to play", Woods said on a Twitter post. Tiger reiterated that he hoped he would be ready for the Players.

Woods added that he would send his regrets for missing one of his favorite tournaments, at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, to Palmer's family.

Woods' eight victories at the PGA Tour event at Bay Hille is a record, shared with Sam Snead, for most wins at a single event.

Mitchell finished nine under - one shot ahead of Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler - at PGA National in Florida.

Meanwhile, Marc Leishman, the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational victor, believes Woods would have certainly played this weekend if he was able.

Woods has played well tee-to-green this year but has been held back by some of the worst putting of his career.

It's also worth noting that if the injury timeline is correct, Tiger would have been playing with a neck strain at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

In his only other starts this year, Woods finished in a share of 20th place at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January followed by a T15 at the Genesis Open in mid-February.

The Players Championship begins on March 14, and the golf world is back in the familiar position of waiting and wondering whether Woods will make it.

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