Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando's Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge due to lingering back problems.
"Called Arnold today to tell him that sadly I won't be able to play. Back spasms and the pain haven't subsided," Woods tweeted late Tuesday afternoon.
Woods had to withdraw after 13 holes of the final round at the Honda Classic three weeks ago because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round. He closed with a 78, the highest Sunday score of his PGA Tour career and the first final round without a birdie.
After a week of rest and treatment, he didn't feel fit to play Bay Hill, where he is an eight-time winner, including the past two years.
"I am certainly sorry that Tiger is not able to play," Palmer said. "Quite obviously, we will miss having him here this week. He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play. I told him I understood and wished him well."
This is only the second time that Woods has not played Bay Hill. He also missed in 2010 when he sat out more than four months during the scandal in his personal life.
The Masters, which is April 10-13, is the only major Woods has never missed.
On his website, Woods said he will continue to be evaluated and will work closely with his doctors.
Some information taken from the Associated Press.