Golfing World News - March 19

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We begin with Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to his ongoing back injury.

The World number one, who won at Bay Hill for an eighth time last year, announced via his twitter account - and official website - that he called Arnold Palmer personally to explain he would not be back to defend his crown.

With this week due to have been his last tournament before The Masters, and with the first major of the year just three weeks away, the 38-year-old’s hopes of a fifth Green Jacket look to be seriously under threat - though he says, it’s too early to tell.

Tiger’s withdrawal means his place at Bay Hill goes to little known Brice Garnett.

Ranked 374th in the world, Garnett tweeted Woods to thank him for the opportunity, as well as wishing him well ahead of The Masters. The 30-year-old will step into Tiger’s shoes and tee off with Graeme McDowell and Harris English.

Elsewhere, Patrick Reed will have the opportunity to back up his claims that he’s one of the world’s Top 5 players.

The 23-year-old has won three times in his last 14 starts, and currently ranked 20th, Reed has been paired alongside World Number two, Adam Scott, and number six, Justin Rose.

And finally, most amateur golfers dream of one ace in their lifetime, but 14-year-old Cale McLellan managed two in as many holes!

This video captures the moments after he sunk successive Hole-in-Ones at Santa Teresa Golf Club in San Jose. Well maybe he’s a face to watch out for in the future….

That’s all for today but join us tomorrow when we’ll bring you the latest news ahead of the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. As ever, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to use the #GWTV. Bye for now.

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