Despite nagging back problems, Tiger Woods plans on playing in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Due to the intensity of the spasms he was experiencing, Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic earlier this month with only five holes remaining in the tournament. He was able to survive all four rounds at the WGC-Cadillac Championship this past weekend, but he was clearly in pain on Sunday and turned in a disappointing round of 78 to drop out of contention.
The lackluster final round did not fully deter Woods, though, who said he still believes he can play well as long as he doesn’t have to fight against the spasms: “If I feel good, I can actually make a pretty decent swing. You saw it yesterday. I actually can make some good swings and shoot a good score, but if I’m feeling like this, it’s a little tough.”
Woods has performed exceptionally well in the Arnold Palmer Invitational over the years, winning the tournament eight times (including in 2012 and 2013).