Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods hits the ball on the first hole during the WGC-Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City. Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain. Woods announced his decision Monday. March 4, 2019, on Twitter. (AP Photo/Christian Palma, File)
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain.
Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter . He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run. Woods says he's had the neck strain for a few weeks and it hasn't improved with treatment to the point he feels he can play.
This is the first time the 43-year-old Woods has withdrawn from a tournament in two years, shortly before his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower spine.
Woods is an eight-time winner at Bay Hill.
He says he hopes to be ready the following week for The Players Championship.
Woods has played three times this year, with his best finish a tie for 10th in Mexico City.