Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

Tiger Woods is withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck injury, delivering a big blow to the Orlando tournament that surged in popularity when he played past year.

"Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I've had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the API", he said on his Twitter account.

Woods added that his lower back is fine, and he's not concerned about the injury long term.

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

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.

He hopes to return to action at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, on March 14-17.

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2018 champion Webb Simpson has the chance to become the first player in tournament history to successfully defend their title, following his four-shot victory last time around, while recent winners Rickie Fowler and Jason Day will also be among those in action. 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. Beyond that, the Masters is fast approaching and Woods, so far, has played in only three tournaments.

The 43-year-old's last appearance was at the WGC-Mexico Championship Feb. 21-24.

Tiger Woods set golf's alarm bells ringing on Monday night by pulling out of this week's PGA Tour event with a neck injury.

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