Golf fans can only hope this isn't the beginning of yet another rollercoaster PGA Tour campaign for Tiger Woods.
After solid showings in the Famers Insurance Open, Genesis Open, and WGC-Mexico Championship, Woods announced on Monday he'll have to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain he's "had for a few weeks."
1) Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I’ve had for a few weeks, I'm forced to withdraw from the API. 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, and I hope to be ready for The Players.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 4, 2019
Woods won't be able to hit the course for the next PGA Tour event and he apologized for having to miss ones of his "favorite" tournaments.
2) I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans. Its connection to Arnold makes it one of my favorite tournaments and I'm disappointed to miss it.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 4, 2019
Perhaps the biggest issue here is why Tiger thought it was a good idea (if he knowingly) played through a next strain for weeks now. He's been hampered by injuries for a decade now, which has put a screeching halt in his quest to win the most majors in golf history. To risk his health yet again this early in the PGA season seems extremely foolish.
Neck strain for a few weeks? What? Like, really? A few weeks? https://t.co/4GtPVGyC27— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 4, 2019
The golf world will be waiting to hear updates on his status in the coming days.
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