Arnold Palmer Statement
"I am certainly sorry that Tiger is not able to play. Quite obviously, we will miss having him here this week. He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn't feel he should play. I told him I understood and wished him well."
Scott Wellington Statement
"As Arnold has said, we are very disappointed that Tiger has had to withdraw this week due to injury. It's unfortunate that he won't be able to defend his title, but we still have a wonderful field and will still have a great tournament."