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Tiger Woods to play at Bay Hill despite back spasms

March 12, 2014|By David Wharton
  • Tiger Woods grimaces as he follows through on his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9.
Tiger Woods grimaces as he follows through on his tee shot on the 12th hole… (Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel…)

It seems that Tiger Woods' recurring back spasms are not quite painful enough to keep him off one of his favorite courses.

Woods is reportedly working himself into shape — again — and plans to defend his championship at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational next week.

"Tiger is continuing to get treatment and and get himself in a good place for next week," his agent, Mark Steinberg, told "He intends to be at Bay Hill."

The announcement should not come as a surprise. Woods' victory last year marked the eighth time he's finished atop the leaderboard at the Florida course.

His back problems became serious at the Barclays last summer. A few weeks ago, the pain forced him to withdraw during the final round at the Honda Classic.

Last week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he grimaced after hitting from an awkward stance at the edge of a bunker. He was able to finish the tournament but was visibly hurting. 


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