Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.

And that's if Woods can even play in the Masters.

"I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods said on his website.

Woods had to withdraw after 13 holes of the final round at the Honda Classic three weeks ago because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round.

  • The USGA formally announced that Torrey Pines will get an encore by hosting the U.S. Open in 2021. The U.S. Open was previously held there in 2008.

  • Jay Monahan was promoted to deputy commissioner of the PGA Tour, the first indication of a possible successor to Tim Finchem.

    Baseball

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and their weekend opponents, the Arizona Diamondbacks, arrived in Sydney, Australia, early Tuesday on separate jumbos from the U.S. West Coast. It was a 15-hour flight and took the teams across the International Date Line, missing Monday altogether, and putting them in a time zone 18 hours ahead of the one they left behind.

    Clayton Kershaw, who spent time Tuesday stretching in the outfield bullpen, will start for the Dodgers in Saturday's season opener. The teams will close out the two-game series Sunday when the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu is slated to start against Arizona's Trevor Cahill.

    College football

    Four Georgia football players must deal with the law -- and coach Mark Richt -- following their arrests on charges of illegal check-cashing. An investigation found that three players -- starting safety Tray Matthews, defensive linemen Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach -- received double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the Georgia athletic department, University of Georgia Chief of Police Jimmy Williamson said.

  • Former Tennessee star player and coach Johnny Majors, 78, has been released from the hospital nearly two weeks after undergoing a heart valve procedure.

    Soccer

  • Organizers of the 2022 World Cup distanced themselves from allegations of corruption involving two former high-ranking FIFA officials that raised new questions about Qatar's winning bid for the tournament.

    The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain alleged it has evidence that former FIFA vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and his family were paid almost $2 million from a company controlled by Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari who used to be an executive committee member of world soccer's governing body.

    n Bayern Munich forward Julian Green, 18, who was born in Tampa, Fla., wants to play for the U.S. national team and has applied to FIFA to change his association from Germany.