Tiger Withdraws From Bay Hill
ORLANDO – Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of the back issues which have plagued him in his earlier two appearances.
Woods, 38, who gained this tournament at Bay Hill a 12 months ago for the eighth time, tweeted the information and in addition introduced it on his website.
"Called Arnold immediately to inform him that sadly I won't have the ability to play," Woods mentioned on his website. "Back spasms and the pain have not subsided.
"It's too early to know in regards to the Masters, and I'll continue to be evaluated and work carefully with my medical doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this nice tournament this week."
Woods withdrew from the Honda Traditional after 13 holes on March 2 and then struggled for a great part of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral the next week. A day after shooting 66 at Doral, Woods aggravated his again issues in the course of the final round on March 9 when he attempted hit a shot out of a bunker as a result of a clumsy stance. He went on to shoot seventy eight – his highest last-round rating as a professional – and didn't make a birdie in the course of the remaining round for simply the eighth time in his career.
Afterward, Woods said the harm and pain have been the identical as what bothered him per week earlier on the Honda Basic.
"If it flares up, it flares up," he said. "It is only a matter of conserving it calm, and we had a quick turnaround right here from final week. It will be nice to have every week off the place I can shut it down and get some therapy."
However not even that was apparently enough for Woods to play at a place where he has won eight occasions in 16 starts as a professional. Attempts to get extra information about Woods' situation have been unsuccessful.
At Doral, Woods was asked if the injury was more critical than back spasms: "Nicely, it's back spasms, so we've accomplished all the protocols and it is only a matter of holding all the things aligned so I don't go into that."
Requested if he has had an MRI performed, he replied: "As I mentioned, we have done all the protocols."
Woods has had a number of accidents all through his 18-yr profession, essentially the most serious a knee downside that required ACL surgery in 2008, knocking him out of action for more than eight months. He missed two main championships that yr. He also missed two majors in 2011 when he dealt with knee and Achilles issues that sidelined him for 4 months.
Final year, Woods' elbow bothered him on the U.S. Open, inflicting him to withdraw from the AT&T Nationwide, a tournament that advantages his foundation. After which at the Barclays in August, Woods had back spasms that despatched him to the ground in the course of the ultimate spherical. He ended up ending tied for second, however struggled throughout the remainder of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Though he got here again and tied for third at a European Tour event in Turkey and lost in a playoff on the World Challenge, Woods took care within the offseason, he said. He played and practiced little in anticipation of a protracted yr.
"I took plenty of time off this winter to prepare for the season as a result of it should be an extended grind," he stated last month.
And yet, three tournaments in, the again issues surfaced once more and would seem nonetheless be an issue. Woods is off to the worst begin of his career, with a tie for 80th at the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, a tie for 41st at the Dubai Desert Basic, the withdrawal from the Honda Traditional and for twenty fifth at Doral.
The Bay Hill occasion was expected to be his last event prior to the Masters, which begins in three weeks, on April 10. In each of his four Masters victories – the last in 2005 – Woods gained no less than as soon as previous to getting to Augusta National.
The only time Woods played much less going into the Masters was in 2010, when he made his first start on the Masters and tied for fourth simply months after his off-the-course scandal shocked the golf world. In 2009, Woods performed three times prior to the Masters and tied for sixth.