Tiger Woods 'not quite ready' for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Absent since a poor showing at the Genesis Invitational, Tiger Woods will not return to action at Bay Hill as he is dealing with a stiff back.

Tiger Woods during his third round at Torrey Pines   -  Getty Images

Tiger Woods will skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second consecutive year, his agent has confirmed.

Woods, who pulled out shortly shortly before the 2019 tournament with a neck strain, is dealing with a stiff back and will not travel to Bay Hill next week.

The 15-time major champion finished last among those to make the cut at the Genesis Invitational earlier in February and subsequently missed the WGC-Mexico Championship.

"He is not going to play [at Bay Hill]," Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN. "Back [is] still stiff and [he is] just not quite ready."

Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on four occasions, but his focus should now turn to the Players Championship on March 12.