Woods, Scott set for API, but no Rory

World number one Tiger Woods will be hunting a ninth Arnold Palmer Invitational title this week, but Rory McIlroy is not in the field.

The Bay Hill Club and Lodge field has been announced for the 2014 edition and defending champion Woods is once again the biggest drawcard while world number two Adam Scott and US Open champion Justin Rose will also take part.

Woods beat Rose by two shots last year to tie Sam Snead’s record for most wins at a single tournament, and the victory also helped him to return to the top of the world rankings for the first time since October 2010.

The American, who is favourite with Paddy Power to win the first major of the year, will use the event as his main preparation for the Masters at Augusta.

The highest-ranked European and FedExCup winner Henrik Stenson and WGC-Accenture Match Play winner Jason Day, who was forced to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier this month due to a hand injury, are also in the field.

Two-time API winner Phil Mickelson won’t take part though as the American is spending some time at home with his family while McIlroy skips the event for a second consecutive year.

The man from Northern Ireland, who has good odds with Paddy Power to win more than one major this year, also missed last year’s event, much to host Arnold Palmer’s disappointment.