Woods ready for stroke play return

Having made a brief two-round appearance at the World Match Play a few weeks ago, Tiger Woods says he is now ready for the whole hog.

The world number one, on the comeback trail after eight months on the sidelines, has entered this week’s World Golf Championship CA Championship in Miami, Florida.

It will be his first PGA Tour stroke play tournament since he won the US Open in June, when he also needed a match play format to beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole play-off.

Woods underwent knee surgery during his long break and showed flashes of his old self during the Match Play, eventually bowing out in the second round. He said there were no ill-effect of his first tournament back in action, saying in an AFP article:

“It’s nice to have four rounds here and get into a competitive stroke play mode again. It was a big shot of confidence for me to get out there and play again and feel physically sound. It (the knee) was better than I thought. I thought I would be a little more sore than I was.”

Woods, the winner of 14 major titles, is trying to be at his best for next month’s US Masters at Augusta, the year’s first major tournament.

He has won the CA Championship three times, from 2005-07, and is hoping for another good outing at Doral Resort’s Blue Monster course.

One of his main rivals will be Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who went on to triumph at the Match Play and is enjoying a rich vein of form.

The field is only 80-strong and his performance this week will give Woods a clear idea of his progress before the Masters.

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  2. We’re certainly following Tiger Woods re-emergence, though its going to be interesting to see him compete against some of the emerging young guns coming up in the game.

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