No. 2 Betting Choice Woods Out of Bay Hill With Neck Strain
Tiger Woods is out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, removing the No. 2 betting choice from one of the PGA Tour’s more history-laden events.
Woods pulled out of the event due to a neck strain, the 14-time major champion posted Monday on his official Twitter account. An eight-time winner of the Palmer tournament at Bay Hill Club, Woods at +900 had been the second favorite at Ladbrokes, behind Rory McIlroy.
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
“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,” Woods wrote.
“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.”
With Woods out, 888Sport in New Jersey bumped defending tournament champion McIlroy to +750, with Rickie Fowler (+1000) the new second choice in PGA betting action. Behind Fowler are Justin Rose (+1100) and Brooks Koepka (+1200).
Woods Had Been Healthy
It’s the first time Woods has missed any tournament golf since returning to competition in December of 2017 from spinal fusion surgery. He competed 18 times last season on the PGA Tour, winning once, and had played three times previously during the 2019 campaign.
Woods had been off to a promising start to his 2019 season, making the cut and finishing under par in all three of his previous starts this year. His best result came in the World Golf Championship event in Mexico City, where his 8-under score was good enough to tie for 10th, 13 shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.
At the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, Woods finished in 15th place and 6-under, eight strokes behind winner J.B. Holmes. And in his 2019 debut, at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, Woods' score of 10-under tied him for 20th, 11 shots behind the winner Rose.
Woods had reported no health issues in any of his previous starts this year, according to ESPN. His next scheduled starts were to be the Arnold Palmer Invitational, beginning Thursday, and The Players Championship set for next week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Ranked No. 12 in the world, Woods finished fifth in the Palmer event last season. This year will mark the second Arnold Palmer Invitational without its namesake, who died in September of 2016, and was a great friend and admirer of Woods dating back to the younger player’s days as an amateur.
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