Tiger withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational due to neck strain

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Two-time Players champion Tiger Woods is expected to return to action, having missed the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck injury, while Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy will be among the players bidding to become the first British victor since Sandy Lyle in 1987.

Woods took to social media today to reveal the reason why he unexpectedly pulled out of the Invitational, citing a next strain that has been nagging him for weeks.

Woods said he has been dealing with the strain for a few weeks.

"My No. 1 job is to captain that team and do that the right way, but then I want to be able to come out here and play", he said. My lower back is fine, and I have not long-time concerns, and I hope to be ready for The Players.

This week marks week two of the four-week Florida Swing, as the PGA Tour stops in Bay Hill, Florida just outside of Orlando, for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

"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. The 14-time major victor finished tied for 10th at the 2019 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on February 24 in Mexico City. The Listowel, Ont. native is 50th in FedEx Cup points after finishing second at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall and tied for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii this January after Monday qualifying. The WGC Dell Match Play and the Masters are also less than six weeks away.

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