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May 10 2011

11:39 PM

Woods plays for first time since Masters

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Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since finishing T4 at the Masters.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods said Tuesday that his left knee and Achilles are “better,” though he stopped short of saying they were 100 percent.

Still, he’s in the field here at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he’s playing for the first time since injuring himself at the Masters.

Monday marked the first time Woods hit balls since the Masters, which he did at Isleworth under the watchful eye of his coach Sean Foley. Tuesday was the first time he played, spending the afternoon on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass.

“It is what it is,” Woods said of the injury. “This is a big event, and I want to be here and play.”

How well he plays is another matter. Woods has just four career top-10s at THE PLAYERS Championship, only one of which has come since his win here in 2001.

Then there’s the matter of how well his knee and Achilles will hold up.

”It didn't feel good on Sunday [at the Masters],” Woods said. “That was tough. I played through it, but yeah, it was one of those things, I just had to ‑‑ I was in the midst of playing and competing and had to power through it, so I did it.”

Woods will practice again on Wednesday and is expected to play the back nine. However the knee feels, or reacts, hasn’t done much to dissuade his expectations.

“Well, same as always, try and win the event,” Woods said. “Nothing has changed.”

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