|(Golf) Tiger feeling fit for Doral
World number one Tiger Woods will defend his World Golf Championships event at Doral after all as treatment this week helped ease back pain that forced him to quit a USPGA event last Sunday.
Woods will tee off on Thursday alongside Sweden's Henrik Stenson and reigning Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia, who could dethrone Woods from atop the rankings with a victory at the US$9 million Cadillac Championship.
“I feel better. I feel good,'' Woods said Wednesday.
“It has been a long couple of days of just treatment non-stop, trying to get it to calm down and trying to get everything firing in the proper sequence. It feels good.''
Woods withdrew from the US PGA Tour Honda Classic in the final round with back spasms, the same injury that nagged him in last year's US PGA playoffs.
Woods says everything he is doing is about preparing himself as well as possible for next month's Masters at Augusta National, where he has won four times but not since 2005.
“I want to be strong and fit and healthy to play that golf course and give it my best,'' Woods said. “We're taking a really good look at it and trying to come up with a good plan to play that course and trying to win my fifth green jacket.''
Woods is bidding for his eighth Doral title, although he has not seen the course since developer Donald Trump's revamp, and is set to defend his title at Bay Hill in two weeks in his last Masters tuneup.-AFP