In­jury-plagued Woods to miss Arnold Palmer tour­na­ment

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Four-time Mas­ters win­ner Tiger Woods said on Thurs­day he would miss the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional, putting his par­tic­i­pa­tion in next month’s Mas­ters tour­na­ment se­ri­ously in doubt.

The Amer­i­can made the an­nounce­ment via Twit­ter say­ing he was out of next week’s PGA Tour tour­na­ment be­cause of back prob­lems. He has not played since he with­drew from the Dubai Desert Clas­sic on Feb 3.

“Un­for­tu­nately, due to on­go­ing rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on my back, I won’t be able to play in this year’s Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional,” the 41-year old Woods said.

“I’m es­pe­cially dis­ap­pointed be­cause I wanted to be at Bay Hill to help hon­our Arnold.

“This is one event I didn’t want to skip. Arnold has meant so much to me and my fam­ily; I thought of him as a close friend .... He will be greatly missed and can never truly be re­placed.”

Palmer died at age 87 in Septem­ber.

The 14-time ma­jor-win­ner Woods re­turned from a 15-month in­jury lay-off in De­cem­ber and has slumped in the world rank­ings.

“I have no timetable for my re­turn to golf, but my treat­ments are con­tin­u­ing and going well.”

Woods last won a ma­jor ti­tle at the 2008 US Open.

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