Tiger Woods has been forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing a neck strain that has been troubling him.
The former world No 1, who completed a remarkable comeback with a victory at the Tour Championship, was quick to stress that the current niggle is not connected to his lower back problems that have plagued him for many years.
‘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.
‘I’ve been receiving treatment, but it hasn’t improved enough to play. My lower back is fine, and I have no long-term concerns.’
Woods is expected to regain his fitness for the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass from 14-17 March.