Woods to skip Bay Hill

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Woods has not played since pulling out just 11 holes into last month???s Farmers Insurance Open, a week on from posting a career-worst round on his way to missing the cut at the Phoenix Open. ??

The 14-time major winner complained of tightness in his lower back and stated he wouldn???t return to the PGA Tour until his game was ???tournament ready???, with his absence from a tournament he has won on a record eight occasions raising further doubts as to whether he???ll feature at next month???s Masters.

???I spoke to Arnold today and told him that I will not play in his tournament this year,??? Woods said via his website. ???I’m sorry I won’t be in Orlando next week, but I know it will be a really successful event.

???I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA TOUR until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level.

???I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta. I want to thank everyone again for their support.”