ORLANDO – Tiger Woods pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday, citing back spasms that have plagued him since last August. The Masters may be next.
Woods, the defending champion, dealt with back issues in his last event, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, two weeks ago. The previous week, he pulled out of the Honda Classic in the final round with five holes to play.
"I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods wrote on his website. "I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided.
"It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this great tournament this week."