Golf: Woods pulls out of Arnold Palmer event

Tiger Woods had hoped to play in the US$6.2 million (S$7.8 million) tournament but said continued back spasms forced him to withdraw on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Tiger Woods had hoped to play in the US$6.2 million (S$7.8 million) tournament but said continued back spasms forced him to withdraw on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ORLANDO (AFP) - Tiger Woods says he will miss this week's PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament because of recurring back problems.

Woods had hoped to play in the US$6.2 million (S$7.8 million) tournament but said continued back spasms forced him to withdraw on Tuesday.

"I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods said 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." Woods said he is holding off on making a decision about The Masters while he seeks further medical treatment.

"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."

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