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Woods allays Achilles fears

STRUGGLING: Woods

TIGER WOODS has revealed that he is hopeful of playing in the US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational next week after his Achilles injury was confirmed to only be a mild strain.

The former world number one withdrew from the World Golf Championships event at Doral last Sunday (March 11) when he felt a tightness in his left Achilles tendon and there had been fears that he would miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he is using as a Masters warm-up.

However, the 14-time major champion took to his official Twitter page today to allay those fears.

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

Woods has struggled with injuries for the last few years and has had four operations on his left knee. The Masters, which tees off on April 5 at the Augusta National Golf Club, is the one major that the American has never missed since his 1995 debut as an amateur.

Current world number one Rory McIlroy admitted that he would be extremely disappointed if the American was not fit in time.

“It's probably just precautionary but I really hope he's ready for the Masters,” said the 22-year-old.

“It's a shame because he looked like he was coming out this year swinging it really well, playing good, getting himself into contention.

"Tiger Woods has been the face of golf for the last 15 years. Feeling like he's coming back to his best, or something near his best, it's great for the game. He can spark an interest in the game that no one else can."

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