Injury forces Tiger Woods out of Arnold Palmer event

Story highlights

  • Another injury setback for Woods
  • Has "no timetable" for a return to golf
  • Woods disappointed not to "honor" Palmer
  • "The King" passed away in September

(CNN)It would have been the perfect way to honor a close friend and golfing legend, but Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament after failing to recover from a back injury.

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