Tiger Woods won’t play Arnold Palmer Invitational; Masters looking unlikely

It’ll be another Masters Tournament without Tiger Woods with no timetable set to return to golf.

Tiger Woods’ on again, off again golf career has suffered another setback with his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week. While no surprise given his back injuries, this is an event Woods’ has won eight times and is a favourite lead-up event to the Masters.

Woods wrote his website that he is disappointed to skip Palmer’s event and has no timetable for a return to any golf:

Unfortunately, due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back, I won’t be able to play in this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. I’m especially disappointed because I wanted to be at Bay Hill to help honor 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, and Sam and Charlie were both born in the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. He will be greatly missed and can never truly be replaced.

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

When back spasms forced Woods to withdraw from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, the 14-time major champion would have made a Masters appearance his priority. However after missing a press conference after doctors advised him to “stay horizontal” and withdrawing from Palmer’s tournament, the sight of Woods at Augusta National next month is looking increasingly unlikely.

Some have begun to speculate if Woods may call an end to his career.

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