Tiger Woods says that his Achilles tendon injury didn’t bother him when he took his first practice shots since withdrawing from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship last Sunday.
Woods was unable to play in two major championships in 2011 due to left knee and Achilles tendon injuries, missing about four months.
But Woods said on his website that the ankle felt good and called the injury a "minor strain." "Looking forward to competing," he added.
According to the Telegraph, Woods said he will play in the Tavistock Cup - a two-day team event in Florida and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational next weekend. He has won the tournament six times.
“It’s not inconceivable that he could be ready to go in one week - but that’s probably optimistic," said Dr. Phillip Kwong, a foot and ankle specialist from Los Angeles, according to the Boston Herald. Kwong believed recovery time for a Grade 1 Achilles tendon strain is 2-4 weeks, which would affect Woods preparation for the Masters.
William Browning of Yahoo! Sports suggests that Woods needs to visit David Beckham’s doctor. Beckham had surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon about two years ago, missed most of 2010, and had his best season in 2011. Woods injured his tendon running in 2008.
Browning mentions that both men are 36, more running is involved in soccer, and Woods may need time off to prevent overuse and prolong his career.
The Masters will take place at Augusta National Golf Club from April 5-8. Woods has won the Masters four times.