Tiger Woods has put his chances of featuring in this years' Masters competition in doubt after pulling out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with back spasms, according to the Guardian.
Woods previously featured in WGC Cadillac Championship, where the golfer suffered in silence before going on to finish 34th in the tournament.
But with the Arnold Palmer Invitational having already begun this week in Orlando, the American admitted his injury had taken its toll and shocked fans to announce he was pulling out of the competition.
"Unfortunately my back spasms and pain haven't subsided," he told reporters.
The 38-year-old had previously won the Bay Hill tournament two years in a row, and could have made it a treble of wins if his injury hadn't forced him to not feature.
Woods stated he would like to sincerely apologise to everyone.
"I personally called Arnold to tell him that I won't be able to play in his tournament this year.
"I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, volunteers, tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event."
But, considering his regret of missing the Bay Hill tournament, the world number one has as well put his hopes of featuring in this years' prestigious Masters tournament in doubt.
Having won The Masters an impressive four times, Woods would be hoping to make it five titles along with a considered improvement from his finish last campaign; having made it to the final round only to finish fifth in the standings.
But the current PGA player of the year hasn't determined whether this injury will set him back for a couple more weeks, as he stated that it was too soon to decide.
He said: "It's too early to know about the Masters and I will continue to evaluate and work with the doctors."
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