ORLANDO, Fla. – The Arnold Palmer Invitational suffered a blow when world No. 1 Tiger Woods withdrew with a bad back earlier in the week. It took another hit Thursday when the big-bombing Bubba Watson imploded in an 11-over 83 and later withdrew because of allergies. And just when we hoped the event wouldn’t lose any more star power – because let’s be honest, it couldn’t afford to – three more of golf’s biggest draws were sent packing.
Fowler finished T-3 at the API just last year, but has struggled so far this season, having missed the cut four times in his last seven starts.
Rose is a more curious case, being that he finished T-8 last week in Tampa and hasn’t missed a cut since the British Open last July.
Which leaves Westwood somewhere in-between, having missed the cut earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, yet managing a T-46 at the Honda and a T-34 at the WGC-Cadillac in his last two starts.