The four-time Masters champion has an ailing back. It's reached the point that he's planning surgery after the Masters.
Tiger Woods? No, that would be Arnold Palmer.
"The doctors have seen things that they think they might be able to do something about," Palmer, 84, said Wednesday at Bay Hill.
Palmer can't speak for Woods, who is unable to defend his title this week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
A year ago at Bay Hill, all the talk was that Woods was back. He won Bay Hill to return to No. 1 in the world.
Now all the talk is about Woods' back.
He withdrew with five holes to play in the Honda Classic. His back bothered him the next week at Doral, and then flared up on Sunday as Woods posted a 78. After a week off, the lower back pain was persistent enough that Woods called the tournament host to tell him he couldn't defend his title in Orlando, Fla.
"He didn't tell me how bad his back is. I don't think he knows how bad his back is," Palmer said. "He's listening to the doctors. And he mentioned that they're saying that he needs to give it a bit of a rest and see if he can work it out."
With the Masters just three weeks away, the Bay Hill field isn't as strong as usual, starting with the absence of No. 1 Woods, an eight-time winner of this event. Jason Day (No. 4 in the world) pulled out with recurring pain in his thumb, and Phil Mickelson (No. 5) isn't playing this year.
"I don't think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack did," Palmer said. "I think it lessens the possibility of that happening."
In Singapore, she made a breaking, downhill 75-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to beat Azahara Munoz in the HSBC Women's Champions. "That's just pure genuine, 'Oh, holy smokes, it just went in the hole,' " said Creamer, who hadn't won since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.