Tiger Woods will not play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods will not play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational



Tiger Woods' game is not tournament ready. Woods announced Friday he will not play in next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods, an eight-time champion of the Orlando event at Bay Hill, told host Arnold Palmer of his decision.

"I've put in a lot of time and work on my game and I'm making strides, but like I've said, I won't return to the PGA Tour until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level," Woods said in a statement on his website. "I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta."



The 14-time major champion announced Feb. 11 that he would not play on the PGA Tour again until his game is "tournament ready." In two 2015 starts, Woods missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open following a career-worst 82 in Round 2 at TPC Scottsdale. A week later, Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes, citing back pain.

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