It's also worth noting that if the injury timeline is correct, Tiger would have been playing with a neck strain at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run.
"I've been receiving treatment but it hasn't improved enough to play", said the 43-year-old American.
The Players Championship is from March 14 to 17 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Woods had the chance to set a PGA record for most career wins at a tournament, racking up eight previous wins at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge throughout his career. Typically, he does not play the week before the Masters, which means that the first three are the most likely options and one of those would probably be out because he doesn't typically play three tournaments in succession.More news: Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians after alleged car-ramming
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His par putt lipped out, however, and trickled two feet away from the cup. Two weeks ago, he was T-3 at the WGC-Mexico. Woods tied for 11th at The Players in 2018.
Woods (69) tied for 10th, 13 shots behind Johnson.
Last year's runner-up DeChambeau begins Friday's coverage with Koepka and Phil Mickelson, who won the event in 1997, with the other featured group to be decided via a Twitter vote.
But injuries and age continue to take a toll on the former No. 1.