Woods not ready to re­turn for Bay Hill

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Tiger Woods won’t be play­ing the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional next week and still doesn’t know when he can com­pete again.

Woods an­nounced on his web­site Thurs­day night that on­go­ing rest and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on his back will keep him away from the Or­lando tour­na­ment he has won eight times. Woods says he was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­pointed to miss Bay Hill be­cause of cel­e­bra­tion of the tour­na­ment host, who died in Septem­ber.

Woods says he has no timetable for his re­turn.

Valspar Cham­pi­onship:

Jim Her­man opened with a 9-un­der 62 Thurs­day for a two-shot lead at In­nis­brook Re­sort in Palm Har­bor, Fla.

Her­man putted for birdie on all but two holes on the tree-lined Cop­per­head Course and only came close to bo­gey once, mak­ing an 8-foot par save on No. 2.

Her­man missed the course record by one shot but still had a two-shot lead over Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Stenson and Rus­sell Hen­ley.

Women’s bas­ket­ball:

Dawn Sta­ley will coach the U.S. team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sta­ley, 46, has coached South Carolina since 2008, guid­ing the Game­cocks to four straight SEC ti­tles.

Auto rac­ing: Team own­ers Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske and late driver Davey Allison are among new nom­i­nees for the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. ODDS AND ENDS

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