Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he is not in good enough health to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament in Orlando this week.
The world’s number one golfer cited ongoing bouts of back pain and muscular spasms as his reason for pulling out the week’s contest, which falls within a month of the Masters in Augusta in April.
''I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year,'' wrote Woods in a post 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."
Just three weeks ago, Woods dropped out of the Honda Classic after completing 13 holes in the final round due to intense pain in his lower back.