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Tiger Woods Healthy and Ready to Go at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 21:  Tiger Woods of the USA in action during the pro-am as a preview for the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 21, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Kevin CaseyContributor IMarch 21, 2012

Two weeks after straining his Achilles tendon and withdrawing from the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods couldn't be in better health.

The 36-year-old has been reporting full-health recently, and has now completed four straight days of golf.

Woods first played a practice round at Augusta on Sunday (a round he called his test on whether to play further), and then competed in the Tavistock Cup on Monday and Tuesday.

Finally, he played an 18-hole practice round at Bay Hill Wednesday.

In the Bay Hill practice round, Woods strained his back on the sixth tee after stopping his swing due to a camera, but he appeared fine afterward.

In fact, Woods' game was more than fine after that, as the former world No. 1 dropped eight birdies over his final 13 holes for a finishing score of 8-under-par, 64.

If Woods has any lingering issues with the Achilles that he injured at Doral, he has hidden them well.

He has been the picture of health lately on the golf course and has shown no sign of a limp during play.

So, after all of the hysteria over Woods' injury and what it could potentially mean, he is just fine— Woods won't be missing any events and has looked the same golfer post-injury as he was pre-injury.

As opposed to his previous history, Woods took good caution with this injury, withdrawing from the tournament before he could risk further damage.

He made sure this wouldn't be a repeat of 2011, when nagging injuries forced him to miss a good chunk of the season (including two major championships).

The Arnold Palmer Invitational will be Woods' final tournament before the Masters—his last chance to prove that his game is prepared for the Augusta National layout.

And with his health now certain, Woods should have nothing to worry about this week.

His game is in form and he's playing on a course that he has won at six times in his career.

So despite an injury scare, Woods is ready to go this week.

He is ready for Bay Hill and anything that may lay beyond.

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