Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational because of neck injury

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Woods says he's had the neck strain for a few weeks and it hasn't improved with treatment to the point he feels he can play. My lower back is fine, and I have not long-time concerns, and I hope to be ready for The Players.

"I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans", wrote Woods.

It is shocking that he's missing Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill (of all places), but I don't necessarily think there are any alarms to sound.

Woods has played three times this year, with his best finish a tie for 10th in Mexico City.

Click on the video at the top of the page to take a trip through the tournament archives and remember some iconic Players Championship moments! Woods is a two-time victor of the tournament, with his last title coming in 2013.

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Woods has a record eight wins at Bay Hill. Fan favorite Rickie Fowler, 2018 runner-up Bryson DeChambeau and 2017 victor Jason Day are other big names scheduled to play this week.

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.

Woods, 43, is coming off a bounce-back season after years of health problems that included spinal fusion surgery. 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. He did make sure to note that his injury is not considered long-term.

Woods has won 14 majors in his illustrious career, but his last came back in 2008.

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