Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

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A health ailment will sideline Tiger Woods for this weekend's Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he insists his problematic back is fine.

"I'd like to send my regrets to the Palmer family and the Orlando fans", Woods said.

"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.

Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter.

Woods last teed-up a fortnight ago at the WGC-Mexico Championship and finished in a share of 10th place.

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Now Stricker can focus on the job of winning back the Ryder Cup next year at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and those duties begin this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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In a post on Twitter, Woods said the problem was unrelated to the lower back issues which sidelined him for almost two years, and added he had no concern over his long-term fitness. The world's top players then head directly to the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass which makes the move from May to March this season. 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. Any injury to the 80-time PGA Tour victor is sure to cause concern as his return has been a major boost to television ratings and media interest.

Woods is expected by many to compete for majors this year.

The golf world certainly wishes him a speedy recovery.