"My lower back is fine, and I have no long-term concerns".
Woods said he's had the strain for a few weeks (he played in the WGC-Mexico Championship two weeks ago, for what it's worth).
Cape Town - In honour of the legendary seven-time major victor, the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year award has been renamed after the late Arnold Palmer. He made it sound like a minor thing that will pass, but he nonetheless sent a shiver through the golf community with his decision to skip this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he has won eight times.
"For the better part of four to six months, I had to be helped out of bed every day", Woods said in an interview with ESPN in March 2018, after finishing tied for fifth and 10-under par at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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But Kepa is a man and understood, and reacted very well. "His training was really very good, the reaction today was very good". We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally.
It is shocking that he's missing Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill (of all places), but I don't necessarily think there are any alarms to sound.
He had previously announced this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and next week's Players Championship as his next starts. That could change if he misses TPC Sawgrass next week.
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. Cold temperatures and weather delays at the Genesis Open in California made for a long week, with Woods and many others forced to play almost 54 holes on the weekend.
Woods, 43, has had a long history of injuries, most recently coming back from a spinal fusion in his lower back. His hope is to be back for The Players Championship the following week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.