Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

Two-time Players champion Tiger Woods is expected to return to action, having missed the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck injury, while Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy will be among the players bidding to become the first British victor since Sandy Lyle in 1987.

Woods had the chance to set a PGA record for most career wins at a tournament, racking up eight previous wins at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge throughout his career.

"Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I've had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the API (Arnold Palmer Invitational)", Woods said. He also noted that his back is fine and that he hopes to play in The Players Championship next week.

"I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans", Woods said.

Woods added he hoped to be fit for The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass from March 14-17 as he builds towards next month's Masters.

Click on the video at the top of the page to take a trip through the tournament archives and remember some iconic Players Championship moments! Fan favorite Rickie Fowler, 2018 runner-up Bryson DeChambeau and 2017 victor Jason Day are other big names scheduled to play this week.

Woods is expected by many to compete for majors this year. Three weeks ago, at the Genesis Open at Riviera - a tournament he hosts - Woods finished tied for 15th.

Since his long awaited return to PGA competition back in December 2017 following a spinal fusion surgery in April of that year, Tiger, had not withdrew from any tournament golf he was scheduled to play.

Woods, an 8-time victor at Bay Hill, has made three starts in 2019, improving his result each week. He did make sure to note that his injury is not considered long-term.

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