Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

Tiger Woods celebrates his Tour Championship win

This is the first time the 43-year-old Woods has withdrawn from a tournament in two years, shortly before his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower spine.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

Tiger announced in a pair of tweets that he would be withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing a neck strain.

The 14-time major champion says his previously troublesome lower back is unaffected and he has no long-term concerns. The 14-time major victor finished tied for 10th at the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on February 24 in Mexico City.

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

Woods added that he would send his regrets for missing one of his favorite tournaments, at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, to Palmer's family. "It's connection to Arnold makes it one of my favourite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it".

"We know Tiger would be here if he could and we look forward to having him return in the future", Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament Director Marci Doyle said. Woods tied for 11th at The Players in 2018. Cold temperatures and weather delays at the Genesis Open in California made for a long week, with Woods and many others forced to play almost 54 holes on the weekend.

Tiger Woods last played in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on February 24 in Mexico City. Woods, who uses the Palmer tournament as a Masters tuneup, took pains to remind readers that his back, on which he has had four surgeries (including spinal fusion surgery two years ago next month), is fine.

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