He’ll be back.
That’s the latest word on an ailing Tiger Woods, who, according to his camp, is planning on competing in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods is the defending champion at the event, which he has won eight times.
“Tiger is continuing to get treatment and get himself in a good place for next week,” his agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN. “He intends to be at Bay Hill.”
That “treatment” is for back problems that plagued Woods late last season and have been very much in evidence so far this year.
Wincing and walking gingerly, Woods shot a final round 78 on Sunday at Doral, one week after withdrawing due to back spasms from the final round of the Honda Classic at PGA National.
Following his disappointing finish at Doral, Woods spoke matter-of-factly about pains that have become all too familiar.
“If it flares up, it flares up,” he said. “It’s just a matter of keeping it calm, and we had a quick turnaround here from (the Honda). It would be nice to have a week off where I can shut it down and get some treatment.”
On paper, at least, Woods is required to play in the Wednesday pro-am at Arnie’s event. But he could employ a waiver to escape that obligation, a kind of get-out-of-jail-free card that Tour pros are allowed to use twice a year.
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He’ll be back.