Cabrera Bello grabs the early lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Nichols
March 8, 2019

A health ailment will sideline Tiger Woods for this weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he insists his problematic back is fine. 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. I couldn't play at 100 percent today, so I just wanted to see if I could get out here and (my back) may have loosened up. He had a pair of top-five finishes in his only two starts on the west coast and came into Bay Hill with a little bit of momentum.

He continued in a follow-up tweet: "I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans".

Woods, 43, is coming off a bounce-back season after years of health problems that included spinal fusion surgery.

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Woods added he hoped to be fit for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass from March 14-17 as he builds towards next month's Masters.

Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter. Woods finished tied for second at the Valspar past year, and it seems as if he would come back if he could.

The 43-year-old, an eight-time victor of the tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando, announced on Twitter that he had been struggling with the problem for several weeks.

Day had finished T4-T5 in his last two starts on Tour, but it is now unclear whether or not he will play in next week's Players Championship, which he won in 2016. Any injury to the 80-time PGA Tour victor is sure to cause concern as his return has been a major boost to television ratings and media interest.

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