Neck strain forces Tiger Woods out of Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament

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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain he's suffered through for "a few weeks", he announced on Twitter.

Woods had the chance to set a PGA record for most career wins at a tournament, racking up eight previous wins at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge throughout his career. "I've been receiving treatment, but it hasn't improved enough to play".

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

"2) I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans. Its connection to Arnold makes it one of my favorite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it".

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"For the better part of four to six months, I had to be helped out of bed every day", Woods said in an interview with ESPN in March 2018, after finishing tied for fifth and 10-under par at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He hopes to play in next week's Players' Championship at Sawgrass.

Adam Hadwin, Corey Conners and Roger Sloan are at Bay Hill for the second stop in the PGA Tour's Florida swing.

Woods, who has won more major championships than anyone other than Jack Nicklaus, saw his putting go badly awry during the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship last Saturday. Fan favorite Rickie Fowler, 2018 runner-up Bryson DeChambeau and 2017 victor Jason Day are other big names scheduled to play this week. 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. Woods finished tied for second at the Valspar past year, and it seems as if he would come back if he could.

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