Neck strain forces Tiger Woods out of Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament

Tiger Woods of the United States reacts on the 15th green during the final round of World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec

Although Tiger Woods' withdrawal from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he described in a tweet as a "neck strain" was something of a surprise to many fans, it appears this is something the 14-time major champion has been dealing with for a few weeks.

Day, 31, a 12-time PGA Tour victor who won the Arnold Palmer tournament at Bay Hill in 2016, had not played since tying for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last month and told the PGA Tour that his back had been bothering him over the past week. The 43 year old has played the tournament 19 times.

Woods last played at the WGC-Mexico Championship from February 21-24, tying for 10th place.

Woods publicly announced on Monday that his recent treatment for a neck strain had not improved enough to take part in the tour event. He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run.

Tiger reiterated that he hoped he would be ready for the Players. "Its connection to Arnold makes it one of my favorite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it".

Woods - who is dating Erica Herman after splitting with former flame Lindsey Vonn in 2015- has not suffered any serious injuries since returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December of 2017, according to Golf Digest. This injury means that he'll have only four possible events in which to play before heading to Augusta National on April 11.

Tiger won last year's Tour Championship for his 80th PGA Tour title.

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