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Stand down, panic-stricken Tiger fans. Looks like your man is okay.

After sitting out last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain that had been troubling him for “a few weeks”, 14-time major winner Tiger Woods is set to return to action in this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

The former world No.1 spent several hours with putting coach Matt Killen on the practice green at the course yesterday and spoke briefly to Golfweek to give an update on his physical condition.

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“Everything is good,” said Woods. “I feel good. I needed last week off.”

He added that withdrawing from Bay Hill last week was a precautionary
measure – no surprise given his catalogue of injury problems over the
past few years.

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“I didn’t want to push it,” he said. “No need to. Not at my age.
Can’t do that anymore.”
Woods, a two-time winner at Sawgrass, is scheduled to tee off his first
round at 2.30pm (UK) on Thursay in the company of defending champion
Webb Simpson and the 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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