Tiger Woods will be missing out the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week and is unsure of his next play.
Woods announced that ongoing rest and rehabilitation on his back would keep the 79 PGA Tour winner away from Bay Hill, a tournament he has won a record eight times. Woods said he was distinctly disappointed because of the week at Bay Hill to celebrate the life of the tournament host- Palmer, who died in September 2016 at 87.
Moreover, the move will mark his fourth consecutive year that Woods won’t be participating in Bay Hill since his two-shot victory in 2013 that returned him to No. 1 in the world. That was the 77th PGA Tour victory of his career. Woods won twice more that season but since then, it has been a downslope for the golf legend.
Now, he stands No. 713 in the world with playing only 19 times on the PGA Tour since the start of 2014 because of injuries.
Woods said that presently he have no timetable for his return to golf, but his treatments are continuing and going well.
Woods was out of the sport for 15 months because of two back-to-back surgeries in the fall of 2015. He played his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the early December, returned to the PGA Tour two months later at Torrey Pines and then stepped down after making 77-under par at the Dubai Desert Classic with back spasms on Feb. 3.
Woods quit from the Genesis Open at Riviera and the Honda Classic as well.
His agent, Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management said assured that they are not talking about an extended break.
The Masters, which kicks off on April 6, would be his next possible tournament as Woods is not eligible for the Dell Match Play in two weeks. Moreover, he has never played the week before the Masters.