(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods will not play at Bay Hill this weekend because of an ongoing back issue.
Woods confirmed the news on his website that he’d be withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods said.
“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 withdrew from the final round of the Honda Classic earlier this month due to back spasms and finished 25th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship the following week.
Woods has won the Palmer Invitational eight times in his career and the last two at Bay Hill.
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Jill Martin, CNN