Tiger Woods has eased fears over his fitness ahead of The Players Championship by telling reporters “everything is good”.
The American is hoping to play the full event at TPC Sawgrass this week just weeks after pulling out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain.
Woods claimed he had been battling the issue for a number of weeks and he decided to swerve the event at Bay Hill. His decision to withdraw created doubts he would be ready for this week but after working with physios he has been passed fit.
Woods made an early appearance at Sawgrass and he told Golfweek journalist Steve DiMeglio before that everything was fine.
He said: “I feel good. Everything is good, I feel good, I just needed last week off.
“I didn’t want to push it. No need to, not at my age. I can’t do that anymore. I could feel it in Mexico. It wasn’t fun. I couldn’t make a backswing, I couldn’t make a follow through, and I couldn’t make a complete swing.”
Woods has been grouped with defending champion Webb Simpson and reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed for the first two rounds of The Players Championship.
He is available at odds of 26.00 to win the event, while Dustin Johnson remains 13.00 favourite this week. Rory McIlroy has been showing signs of his best form and he is 13.00 as well to lift the trophy.
Justin Rose appears to be another Brit in contention at 21.00, while Francesco Molinari will look to win for a second week in a row at odds of 23.00.