Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill after suffering from a neck strain.

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

The 14-time major victor insists that it is not a long-term complaint, but his history of back injuries makes the concern inevitable. "It's connection to Arnold makes it one of my favourite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it".

Woods did not say how he suffered the neck strain but there was nothing about his play at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where he tied for 10th eight days ago, to suggest he was not healthy.

Watch the Players Championship from March 14-17 live on Sky Sports' dedicated channel! Woods is a two-time victor of the tournament, with his last title coming in 2013. The 14-time major victor finished tied for 10th at the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on February 24 in Mexico City. The Listowel, Ont. native is 50th in FedEx Cup points after finishing second at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall and tied for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii this January after Monday qualifying.

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

Assuming Woods plays next week and comes out of it with no injuries, then he will likely add one (or maybe even two) more tournaments to his schedule before Augusta.

He still ranks fifth on the PGA Tour list of all-time tournament wins with 62, including seven major championships.

Woods, 43, has had a long history of injuries, most recently coming back from a spinal fusion in his lower back.

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