Tiger Woods Explains Why He's Withdrawing From Arnold Palmer Invitational

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I mention all of this because this week's tournament is Palmer's eponymous invitational at his Bay Hill home, where we're be looking for a few players to do their best Arnie impersonation and win some matchups.

"I saw him in Mexico getting treatment before and after he played; he did have some tape on his upper back".

The 14-time major champion says his previously troublesome lower back is unaffected and he has no long-term concerns.

"He won his final one where I won my first one", Long said of their shared connection to the Desert Classic as he toured the Arnold Palmer Experience, a museum-like activation at Bay Hill.

Thus far in the 2019 season, the 43-year old has finished tied for 20th at the Farmers Insurance Open, T15 at the Genesis Open and T10 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He did not return until last season and finished tied for fifth place.

The Arnold Palmer Award will be presented to the circuit's most outstanding rookie, as voted on by the Tour's membership. The black tape, used by Tom Brady when he cut his hand before Super Bowl LII past year, created a buzz in the golf world when it appeared on the nape of Woods's neck, with the company's chief marketing officer telling Golf.com last summer that the tape's primary function was to give Woods "drug-free pain relief and support". Woods has only four events to play before the Masters - The Players, the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Valero Texas Open.

Tiger Woods set golf's alarm bells ringing on Monday night by pulling out of this week's PGA Tour event with a neck injury.

Assuming Woods plays next week and comes out of it with no injuries, then he will likely add one (or maybe even two) more tournaments to his schedule before Augusta.