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ORLANDO, Fla. George Gervin Jersey . -- Tiger Woods was a large part of the conversation on the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And hes not even playing. Woods is missing Bay Hill for only the second time in his career when the tournament starts Thursday on a course that Palmer said is in the best shape ever. Woods has won eight times, including the last two years, but he called the 84-year-old host on Tuesday to say persistent back pain will keep him from playing. "He didnt tell me how bad his back is. I dont think he knows how bad his back is," Palmer said. "I think hes listening to the doctors. And he mentioned that theyre saying that he needs to give it a bit of a rest and see if he can work it out. He was very nice. And I, of course, have great sympathy for the fact that he tried like hell to come here and play. And I appreciate that and the fact that he called. "I think he wanted to play golf this week," Palmer said. "I think that he needs to take (time) -- whether its this week, next week or the following week -- to get ready for Augusta. Certainly, if I were in that position, Id be doing much the same." Most of the chatter was more about the future with Woods. Will he play at the Masters? Stuck on 14 majors for the last five years, can he match or surpass the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus? And what will be the larger obstacle -- his age (38), his health (legs and back) or the competition (long list)? "I dont 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. Its going to be tough. Its going to be tough to keep the concentration and the type of the game that is necessary to win majors." Nicklaus won four of his majors after turning 38. Ben Hogan, with battered legs from a car accident, won five majors after turning 38. Palmer, however, believes more than age is at stake for Woods. "These young guys are tough, and theyre strong," Palmer said. "And if they continue to play as well as theyve been playing, its going to be tough for anybody -- whether it be Nicklaus or Tiger or whomever it would be -- to continue to win major championships. And were talking about guys that are playing good and coming on." Palmer actually had a list of players he was talking about. Some of them were young, such as Chris Kirk and Harris English. Others had either won this season (Ryan Moore) or played well recently (Robert Garrigus). "I dont know how many you want me to name," Palmer said. "But really, the strength and the ability of these people is very pleasing to me." Graeme McDowell, a runner-up to Woods two years at Bay Hill, said he can understand what the No. 1 player is going through with injuries. He also believes that competition might be an even larger obstacle than his health for Woods to break Nicklaus record. "Hes a physical player who creates a lot of speed and a lot of power and his body is starting to struggle a little bit, no doubt about it," McDowell said. "But Im sure hell fix it. ... But we all talk about how good the fields are nowadays. Taking Tigers fitness and physicality out of it, winning major championships is getting harder and harder for everyone -- including the best player maybe thats ever lived in Tiger. "Hes got more than just his body to be fighting. Theres a lot of great players in the world now," McDowell said. "Its going to be harder for him to achieve Jacks record. But if anyone can do it, Im sure he can find a way because we all know how good he is." The field at Bay Hill is not as strong as usual, starting with the absence of Woods, the No. 1 player in the world and an eight-time winner of this event. Match Play champion Jason Day (No. 4 in the world) pulled out with recurring pain in his thumb, and Phil Mickelson (No. 5) is not playing this year. Not that it would change the dynamics of what already has been a peculiar season. With 18 tournaments in the books this season, Zach Johnson is the only player to win a PGA Tour event while ranked among the top 10 in the world. The Masters is three weeks away. Is it time for the stars to come out? "Hopefully, this one does," Masters champion Adam Scott said, pointing to himself with a laugh. "But as far as unexpected winners, it seems to me thats happening more and more in golf. There are more and more guys breaking through, putting in a lot of hard work and getting what they deserve. So I think weve seen a bit of a shift in the game over the last couple of years -- a lot less domination by top players." Spurs Jerseys China .com) - Oregon wasnt going to let Arizona ruin its national title dreams for a second straight season. Vinny Del Negro Jersey . -- Kevin Harvick pulled away on a restart with 47 laps to go and ended Chase Elliotts two-race winning streak in NASCARs Nationwide Series with a dominating victory early Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. https://www.cheapspurs.com/496j-cincy-p ... spurs.html . Starters, when they struggle, have to live with it for five days. For Sergio Santos and Steve Delabar, two of the three men who authored one of the ugliest pitched innings in Blue Jays franchise history on Thursday night, the bounce-back chance came right away.DENVER - A man whose disappearance during last weeks Denver Broncos game touched off an extensive search by family and friends told police he had his fill of football and walked and hitchhiked about 130 miles to a city in southern Colorado.Paul Kitterman, 53, was found safe Tuesday night in a parking lot in Pueblo after police got a tip that he was in the city. The construction worker looked tired and had trouble walking but a medical exam found him to be otherwise unharmed, Pueblo police Sgt. Franklyn Ortega said.Kitterman told police that he had not watched television in several days and was not aware that people were looking for him.He said he had his fill of football and that he likes to walk and wander, and he was looking for a warmer place, Ortega said.The tip on Kittermans whereabouts came from a friends ex-wife, who reported picking him up at the Salvation Army in Pueblo and dropping him off at a hotel, Ortega said. The sergeant didnt have other details about his connection to the woman.He said police did not plan to file charges.Hes a grown man. If thats what he wants to do, he can do it, Ortega said, adding that authorities put Kitterman up in a hotel until his family could pick him up.Family and friends had been searching for Kitterman since he was last seen leaving his seat to meet friends at halftime of Thhursday nights game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. Mark Olberding Jersey. hey filed a missing persons report with Denver police, scoured the sprawling stadium, called local hospitals and detox centres, and taped fliers around the city. Police had previously said they did not suspect foul play, and Kittermans stepson noted that his stepfather did not have any known health or personal problemsThe stepson, Jarod Tonneson, did not respond to a message left by The Associated Press. On a Facebook page set up to help find Kitterman, his family said they understood many people had questions about what happened but asked for privacy.We love all of you and we will never forget your kindness, compassion and your willingness to help find Paul, they said.Kitterman and Tonneson went to the game with two of their friends after a day spent working and hunting at another friends ranch in Kremmling, a small town in the mountains of northern Colorado.Kitterman and Tonneson hurriedly made the 100-mile trip to the stadium after a friend offered tickets. It was Kittermans first time there, and in his haste, he forgot his cellphone and took no credit cards and very little cash, Tonneson said.Kitterman had four or five beers in the course of a four-hour span — not enough to become disoriented, his stepson said. ' ' '