Tiger Woods' leave from golf is continuing this week as he has decided not to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.  This decision comes as a shock to many as Bay Hill has historically been one of Woods' best courses as he has won the event eight times over his career.  Tiger made the announcement today via his Twitter account.

The last two times Woods has played in the tournament he won, in 2012 and 2013, but did not play last year due to his impending back surgery.  Tiger last played a competitive round of golf at Torrey pines on February 5th, six days later, he announced his leave from golf until his game was tournament ready.

Woods now has 2 PGA Tour events standing between him and the Masters tournament in April, the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open.  He hasn't ever competed in Houston and hasn't played the Valero Texas Open since 1996.  This scenario makes it most likely that the next time we see Woods on the golf course, it may be Augusta.

"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," said woods via his website, "I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta."

Woods last won at Augusta in 2005 as he defeated Chris DiMarco in a playoff to earn his fourth green jacket.  Can Tiger return to form by Augusta?

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