The golfer, who is ready to play this week’s Players Championship at Sawgrass, says the neck problem which is linked to his spinal fusion surgery in 2017 and is an issue he has to “manage”.”It’s not painful now,” he said.
“It’s about trying to manage what I have. I’m 43 with four back surgeries so let’s manage what I have and understand that I’m going to have good weeks and bad weeks.”
“It was getting to the point where it was affecting my set-up, my backswing, it was just gradually getting worse and that’s just because my lower back is fused,” Woods added.
Woods is ppresently ranked 11th in the world, having recovered from being in the 1,199 spot after spinal fusion surgery-the latest of multiple operations.
Tiger Woods won his 80th PGA title, and his first for five years when sealing the season-ending Tour Championship last September.
Woods has completed three tournaments so far in 2019, finishing 20th (Farmers Insurance Open), 15th (Genesis Open) and 10th (WGC-Mexico Championship).
Former world number 1 said: “I’ve played three tournaments so far and that’s about right. I’m right there heading to where I need to be.
“I think everything is headed on track towards April.
“My finishes are getting a little bit better, I’ve gotten more consistent.
“I have to stay fit and it’s about managing it the best I can and not push it.”
Francesco Molinari won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, after finishing two shots clear of England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Tiger Woods had won the tournament on eight previous occasions.