Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

Written by Rick Durham.

Big news for the golf world! Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday he had withdrawn from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational due to back spasm. What will happen when the Master's comes around? Will Tiger play? That is the big question now!  

Source: GolfChannel

A nagging back injury has derailed Tiger Woods in his quest to win at Bay Hill for a record ninth time.

Entering this week as the two-time defending champion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods was slated to play the first two rounds alongside Harris English and Graeme McDowell. Instead, the 38-year-old tweeted late Tuesday that he will not play because of lingering back spasms:

"Called Arnold today to tell him that sadly I won’t be able to play. Back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided."

The injury is the same one that caused him to withdraw during the final round of the Honda Classic earlier this month, and Woods was clearly pained while competing in his most recent start at Trump National Doral.

Woods called Palmer personally Tuesday afternoon to announce his withdrawal.

"I am certainly sorry that Tiger is not able to play. Quite obviously, we will miss having him here this week," Palmer in a statement. "He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play. I told him I understood and wished him well."

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