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Palmer expects ailing Tiger to be 'dangerous' at Augusta

(Reuters) - Arnold Palmer said on Thursday Tiger Woods will be "dangerous" at next month's Masters but acknowledged that doubts surround the health of the 14-times major champion. Woods withdrew from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, a tournament he has won a mind-boggling eight times, citing back spasms that plagued him in the two tournaments he played earlier in March.

Golf: Tiger suffering from bulging back disc - report

World number one Tiger Woods is suffering from a bulging disc in his back that will not require surgery, Golfweek magazine reported Thursday on its website. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, withdrew Tuesday due to back spasms from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his typical fine warm-up event for next month's Masters and one that he has won eight times.

Golf: Tiger's chances of catching Nicklaus shrinking, says Palmer

Seven-time major winner Arnold Palmer says the chances of Tiger Woods overtaking Jack Nicklaus as the all-time major title leader are shrinking as his major win drought nears six years. Speaking on the eve of the opening round of the US PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the 84-year-old US legend noted the back spasms that caused Woods, 38, to pull out of the event on Tuesday as well as the issue of age.

Golf: Torrey Pines to host 2021 US Open

Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods won the most recent of his 14 major titles, has been selected to host the 2021 US Open. The course in San Diego hosts the PGA Tour's $6.1 million Farmers Insurance Open each January and has seen Woods win eight times in his career, seven of them US Tour titles. "The USGA is proud to bring the US Open back to Torrey Pines, the site of one of the most memorable and compelling national championships in history," said United States Golf Association (USGA) president Thomas O'Toole on Tuesday.

Golf: Woods an injury doubt for Masters

Tiger Woods could miss next month's Masters after pulling out of the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational because of recurring back problems. The 38-year-old American has been struggling for weeks with back spasms and pain and said Tuesday he will not defend his title at this week's $6.2 million Arnold Palmer tournament. "It's too early to know about the Masters and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors," Woods said on his website.

Golf: Woods an injury doubt for Masters

Tiger Woods could miss next month's Masters after pulling out of the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational because of recurring back problems. The 38-year-old American has been struggling for weeks with back spasms and pain and said Tuesday he will not defend his title at this week's $6.2 million Arnold Palmer tournament. "It's too early to know about the Masters and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors," Woods said on his website.

Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday he had withdrawn from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of his favorite events and a key lead-up to next month's Masters. The world number one said he pulled out of the tournament because he was still having problems with his aching back and was unsure whether he would be fit to play in this year's first major. Woods posted a statement on his website saying he told Palmer in person that he would not be able to defend the title he won at Bay Hill last year.

Golf: Teen Aussie sensation sets sights on Olympics

Teenage sensation Minjee Lee said she is in no rush to follow New Zealand's Lydia Ko by turning professional as she plots a path to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 17-year-old Australian has assumed Ko's former crown by becoming the world's top-ranked amateur and making waves with her performances at professional events. Last month, Lee won the Victorian Open by six strokes and was runner-up to Tiger Woods's niece Cheyenne at the Australian Ladies Masters.

Woods back problems could cause Masters rethink

By Steve Keating DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods arrived at the WGC-Cadillac Championship with concerns over his fitness and gingerly walked off the Blue Monster Course on Sunday with new questions about his ailing back. With the year's first major just a month away, Woods' Masters preparations may have to be quickly reworked as he deals with back spasms that have plagued him through his last two events.

Golf: Reed holds on to win WGC event

American Patrick Reed closed with an even-par 72 to capture the WGC-Cadillac Championship by one stroke Sunday. Reed finished at four under 284 to beat runner-ups Welshman Jamie Donaldson and American Bubba Watson. Donaldson shot a two-under 70 to grab a share of second along with 2012 runner-up Watson, who had a four-under 68 in the $9 million tournament. Donaldson made birdie on No. 17 to get within one, but he bogeyed 18.
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