Tiger Woods Pulls Out

Tiger Woods, citing a neck strain, reports that he won’t play this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando and that his lower back is fine so don’t go inferring that he’s in trouble again. It’s just a neck strain, but it needs attention and Tiger plans on being back for The Players Championship March 14-17 in Jacksonville.

Tiger apologized to the Palmer family for missing the event, but the neck has to get some attention during this rough time. Even with the neck strain, Tiger had a top-10 at the WGC Mexico stop and a tie for 15th at the Genesis. As you all know, normally Tiger turns into a complete mess if it’s the back acting up so it seems fairly clear here that he just needs to get this thing massaged out and get back on the plane to Jacksonville where he finished tied for 11th in 2018.

1) Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I’ve had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the API. I’ve been receiving treatment, but it hasn't improved enough to play. My lower back is fine, and I have no long-term concerns, and I hope to be ready for The Players.

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 4, 2019

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.

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 4, 2019

Just how rare is it for Tiger to pull out? Very rare lately.

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he has won 8 times in his career.

It was not due to his back, however, which was the reasoning for his previous 4 W/Ds. pic.twitter.com/vvYFIGNqf8

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 4, 2019

Tiger Woods withdraws from the #ArnoldPalmerInvitational with a neck injury. He was the second-biggest favorite to win it all at 9-1. pic.twitter.com/irR4Yh1sUm

— SportsLine (@SportsLine) March 4, 2019