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At least it's not his back.

Although Tiger Woods' withdrawal from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he described in a tweet as a "neck strain" was something of a surprise to many fans, it appears this is something the 14-time major champion has been dealing with for a few weeks.

Since his long awaited return to PGA competition back in December 2017 following a spinal fusion surgery in April of that year, Tiger, had not withdrew from any tournament golf he was scheduled to play.

Woods had to withdraw from the tournament unfortunately due to a neck strain which he has classified as not too serious, but something he wanted to avoid stressing at the start of the season. He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run.

Tiger out of Arnold Palmer with neck strain

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.

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The Players Championship will start on March 14th, and now, bookmakers are yet to change any odds after Woods injury.

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