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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Tiger Woods says he has “mild strain” of Achilles


Tiger Woods left the WGC Cadillac Championship mid-round Sunday. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)

Considering the way Tiger Woods left the Doral course on Sunday — putting down his club on the 12th hole, limping to a golf cart and riding without comment to the parking lot — the news about his balky left Achilles was pretty positive.

“Got good news from doc tonight,” Woods tweeted Monday night. “Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week.”

Although the update seems pretty straightforward, this is Tiger Woods, who does not share information gladly, we’re talking about. Last year, he missed four months of golf because of what he later said was a Grade 1 left medial collateral ligament strain and a mild strain of his left Achilles tendon — injuries he suffered in the Masters.

Just how well Woods is should be apparent as soon as the “next week” he mentions. He has said he will play in the Tavistock Cup beginning next Monday, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational — an event he has won six times — on March 22 at Bay Hill. The Masters begins April 5.

“In the past, I may have tried to continued to play,” he said of his Achilles injury Sunday, ”but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”

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