Woods: 'No pain' in practice round

Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, who hasn't played in a tournament since May, played nine holes Tuesday in a practice round ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods has signed up to play in the WGC in Akron, Ohio, this week and the PGA Championship beginning Aug. 11 in Johns Creek, Ga.

He hasn't played competitive golf since withdrawing from The Players Championship in May due to left knee and Achilles tendon injuries.

Woods said he was able to walk the course Tuesday without any problems.

"I still haven't been in a competitive environment yet but the shots felt very crisp, very clean. I was very pleased," Woods said. "Tomorrow is another day to refine it and I have to be ready to go by Thursday."

Regarding his leg, Woods said: "It feels solid, stable, no pain. That's why I took so long to come back. It feels good to be able to hit balls, walk around."

This week will also mark the first time in 12 years someone other than Steve Williams will be Woods's caddie. Woods fired Williams July 20 and his longtime friend Bryon Bell will be his caddie this week.

"I felt it was time for a change," Woods stated when asked about Williams, who was on the bag for all but the first of the superstar's major titles. "Stevie and I had a helluva run. We had a great partnership for a long time, but I thought it was just time to change things up."

Woods said he is still looking for a permanent caddie.

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