Woods, an 8-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, could return to the PGA Tour next week for the Players Championship on the road to Augusta and his title defense at the Masters
Skipped: This week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, by Tiger Woods, who is an eight-time champion of the event at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, the late Arnold Palmer’s longtime winter home in Orlando, Fla. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN.com that Woods’ surgically-fused back is “still stiff and not quite ready.” This will be the second consecutive year that Woods has missed “The Arnie,” and the sixth time in the past seven years. Palmer, who owned the club and hosted the tournament, died in 2016. Woods has played only twice this year on the PGA Tour: a tie for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego and a 68th-place finish two weeks ago at the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his foundation, at Riviera near Los Angeles. Woods will be the defending champion at the Masters next month at Augusta National. His next start could be the Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where he is a two-time champion. Woods remains tied with the late Sam Snead for the all-time victories mark on the PGA Tour, with 82.
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