History doesn’t seem to be on Tiger Woods’ side as another seemingly routine win went down the drain on Tuesday when he announced he won’t be playing in the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend due to the pain he’s experienced from back spasms. This health issue caused him to withdraw from the 2014 Honda Classic and then struggle to complete the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship a week later. Put simply, the chances of Woods playing in the 2014 Masters Tournament are shrinking by the day.
At 38 years old, Woods is now fighting against Father Time as well as his personal issues that have seemingly drained the juice that fueled his once dominant game. He hasn’t won a major since the Thanksgiving debacle of 2009 that exposed his secret life now health concerns have proven to be more severe than he, or anyone else, previously thought.
Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times in his career, including each of his last two attempts. However, he won’t be able to compete for his ninth career title at Bay Hill, which has treated him extremely well over the years.
With the Masters now a month away, Woods has to be very concerned about his chances of contending in the first major tournament of 2014. After his long drought, winning the tournament while 100 percent healthy would be difficult enough, but playing through pain the way he did at the 2008 U.S Open simply isn’t an option at this point.