Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods at the fifth hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 8, 2014
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Tiger Woods confirms that he will miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he continues to struggle with back spasms.

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will miss this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational due to his ongoing battle with back spasms.

The world number one struggled with back problems throughout the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier this month and he has been unable to make a quick enough recovery to compete in Orlando.

"I personally called Arnold to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods revealed in a statement on his website.

"Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided."

Woods now faces a battle to be fully fit for the Masters, which begins at Augusta on April 10.

"It's too early to know about the Masters and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors," the 38-year-old added.

Woods has not been victorious on the PGA Tour since August's Bridgestone Invitational.

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