Arnold Palmer: Tiger Woods ‘Wanted to Play’

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- Arnold Palmer understands that Tiger Woods did his best to try and play this week at Bay Hill.  

The Hall of Famer said on Wednesday that Woods had every intention of playing, but just couldn't shake his ongoing back spasms.

"He wanted to play golf this week," Palmer said.  "He just feels that he's overstraining.  Certainly if I were in that position, I'd be doing much the same."

"I appreciate the fact that he did call and he made every effort to play," he added.

Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic after 13 holes on March 2 and then struggled throughout the WGC-Cadillac Championship last weekend.

"I don't think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack (Nicklaus) did," Palmer said on Woods' quest of reaching 18 major victories. "I think it lessens the possibility of that happening."

Woods was seeking his ninth win at the Invitational and looking for his third consecutive win.

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