Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

Tiger Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain, says not related to lower back

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain.

This is the first time the 43-year-old Woods has withdrawn from a tournament in two years, shortly before his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower spine.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Bay Hill.

He says he hopes to be ready the following week for The Players Championship.

Woods has played three times this year, with his best finish a tie for 10th in Mexico City.