Arnold Palmer doesn't think 38 years is the stopping point for Tiger

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Arnold Palmer was asked about the question the golf world has revolved around for the last few months: Tiger Woods and his back, what does it mean?

Palmer said he thinks Woods will keep going towards No. 18.

"I don’t think 38 years is the ultimate stopping point for his quest to do what Jack (Nicklaus) did," Palmer said.

But he ceded that a bad back has lingering effects on winning five more majors.

"I think it lessens the possibility of that happening."

"It’s going to be tough," Palmer said. "It’s going to betough to keep the concentration and the type of game that is necessary to win majors."

Woods personally called Palmer on Tuesday after withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational -- a tournament he's won eight times.

Palmer said he felt bad for Woods having to make that call.

"I, of course, have great sympathy for the fact that he tried like hell to come here and play," said Palmer. "And I appreciate that and the fact that he called. I think he wanted to play golf this week. I think that he needs to take [off], whether it's this week, next week or the following week, to get ready for Augusta."

Palmer also said something that makes me think we might be overthinking the Woods injury in the short-term. 

"I don't think he knows how bad his back is," said Palmer. "I think 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. He was very nice."

That doesn't sound like a man perparing to skip Augusta. But it does sound like a man who needs to find a long-term fix as soon as possible.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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