Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

At least it's not his back.

The Northern Irishman was speaking to the press ahead of this weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, from which Woods has withdrawn due to neck strain. The 43 year old has played the tournament 19 times.

Woods had to withdraw from the tournament unfortunately due to a neck strain which he has classified as not too serious, but something he wanted to avoid stressing at the start of the season.

Day, 31, a 12-time PGA Tour victor who won the Arnold Palmer tournament at Bay Hill in 2016, had not played since tying for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last month and told the PGA Tour that his back had been bothering him over the past week. "I saw him in Mexico [two weeks ago] getting treatment before and after he played and he did have some tape on sort of his upper back, so he was dealing with it back then as well".

Woods added that he would send his regrets for missing one of his favorite tournaments, at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, to Palmer's family. Now that he has unexpectedly lost a week, it sure does increase the chances of seeing him around here again this year if he is healthy.

He hopes to return to action at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, on March 14-17. Woods has only four events to play before the Masters - The Players, the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Valero Texas Open.

Now we have two top-20 players on injury watch for next week's man event with Day and his back and Tiger Woods and a balky neck.

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