Will Tiger Woods be healthy enough to play in The Masters?
Woods said in a statement on his website today that he has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week at Bay Hill and is uncertain if he’ll be ready for Augusta in three weeks.
“I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.
“It’s too early to know about The Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won’t be able to play in this great tournament this week.”
Woods has won the tournament eight times, and he always has considered it a key in his run-up to The Masters.
His back issues surfaced last August when he went to his knees after hitting a shot in the Barclays during the final round. Spasms caused Woods to withdraw during the final round of the Honda Classic and he struggled to finish the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, shooting 78 while his discomfort was apparent.