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Tiger Woods Says He Will Be Healthy for 2012 Masters

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11:  Tiger Woods plays a shot from the rough on the fifth during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort And Spa on March 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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While it was a little disconcerting to watch Tiger Woods withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship, it does not appear as though the injury will cost him any more time.Β 

The injury will not cost Tiger a spot in The Masters next month. Actually, according to ESPN (per an Interview with ABC's Good Morning America), Woods will not have to miss any previously scheduled events.Β 

Woods withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on the 12th hole Sunday because of soreness in his left Achilles. He later said he expected to play next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, his final start before the Masters.

A day after sustaining the injury and withdrawing from Doral, Woods visited the doctor and tweeted this report.Β 

Got good news from doc tonight. Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week.

β€” Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 13, 2012

The fact that he's likely going to get to play bodes very well for Tiger's chances at The Masters and beyond. Tiger has been close for most of this season, normally putting 2-3 good rounds together at a tournament. When the scores have been too high, it's normally been the putter letting him down.

These problems are only fixed by playing a lot of golf, so having to miss the only tournament he's scheduled to play in between now and Augusta would be a setback.

Any injuries to Tiger are noteworthy, as he has had a history of problems with his leg. After winning the 2008 U.S. Open, he missed the remainder of the season with a knee injury. In 2011, he hurt himself at the Masters, which cost him an overwhelming amount of his normal summer schedule.

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