Updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 06:10 | By Agence France-Presse

Woods pulls out of Arnold Palmer event

Tiger Woods says he will miss this week's PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament because of recurring back problems.

Woods pulls out of Arnold Palmer event

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida - by Chris Trotman

Woods had hoped to play in the $6.2 million tournament but said continued back spasms forced him to withdraw on Tuesday. 

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

"I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event.

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

Woods said he is holding off on making a decision about The Masters while he seeks further medical treatment.

"It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors. I feel badly that I won't be able to play in this great tournament this week."

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