by Jeff Skinner
Tiger Woods is off to his worst season as a professional and it isn’t getting any better. Woods had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to his persistent back spasms.
Woods had to pull out of the Honda Classic three weeks ago in the final round and his back started to spasm the next week at Doral forcing him to struggle to a 78, his worst final round score in his career.
From Tiger’s website: “I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year. 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, as usual would have been the main attraction at Arnie’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge as he has won her eight times already.
With The Masters barely three weeks away, Woods’ challenge to Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major victory record may take another blow if he is unable to tee it up at Augusta National. The 2008 U.S. Open was Woods’ last major win and his game is nowhere near major championship form.
An off season spent bulking up his already massive body didn’t leave Woods time to hone his game to his normal standard. Now, with these back issues his game will grow rustier as he recovers.
The Masters is the only major Woods has never missed as a professional and it only twenty one days away.