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Tiger Woods Says He’ll Be Ready to Play in Masters After Injury

March 15, 2012

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on Feb. 22, 2012 in Marana, Arizona. Photographer: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on Feb. 22, 2012 in Marana, Arizona. Photographer: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods said he’ll be recovered from a left Achilles injury in time to play in next month’s Masters Tournament.

“I’ll be ready,” Woods said today on ABC’s “Good Morning America” show. “I took a few days off. I’ll start hitting balls tomorrow. The stiffness is gone. Hopefully, I’ll be ready next week.”

Woods, 36, told the Walt Disney Co. network that he plans to play in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida, his last scheduled event before the Masters, golf’s first major tournament of the year.

Woods, a four-time winner of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, withdrew from the Cadillac Championship in Miami on March 11 because of tightness in his left leg. It was later diagnosed as a mild strain.

The 14-time major tournament winner hasn’t won a U.S. PGA Tour event since September 2009 and last captured the Masters in 2005. The event takes place April 5-8.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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