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Tiger Woods is back on Masters trail

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Tiger Woods passed a pre-Masters fitness test with flying colours in Florida yesterday. Woods returned from injury and scored a nine-under-par 63 better-ball in partnership with Justin Rose at the two-day Tavistock Cup in Florida.

The former world number one was back eight days after pulling out after 11 holes of his final round in the Cadillac Championship with an Achilles tendon strain.

"I did the smart thing this time, hence I'm back in a week," said Woods. "I've done it before and played through not just pain, but injury, and set myself back quite a bit. That's what I did last year and missed two Major championships because of it.

"I want to be ready for Augusta (the week after next). I have to do the right thing. Unfortunately there are times when I've played when I probably shouldn't have and it's cost me," added Tiger, who tees it up in Arnie Palmer's Invitational at nearby Bay Hill on Thursday.

Irish Independent