Former world number one Tiger Woods has insisted he will be fit to compete in the Masters, which starts on 5 April.
pulled out of the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship
on Sunday with the same Achilles injury that forced him to miss part of 2011.
But asked about the Masters at Augusta, where he has won four times, he said: "I'll be there. Don't worry about it.
"I took a few days off," Woods added. "I will start hitting balls on Friday. The stiffness is gone."
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Jack Nicklaus 18, Tiger Woods 14, Walter Hagen 11, Ben Hogan 9, Gary Player 9, Tom Watson 8, Bobby Jones 7, Arnold Palmer 7, Gene Sarazen 7, Sam Snead 7, Harry Vardon 7, Nick Faldo 6, Lee Trevino 6
Woods has won 14 major titles but has been hampered by injury since capturing the last of them, the US Open, in 2008.
His left knee required surgery after he played through
severe pain to win that tournament at Torrey Pines
and he has had four operations on the joint including a reconstruction.
Following his much publicised personal problems towards the end of 2009 he
chose to spend five months away from golf,
and having returned for the 2010 Masters,
took another short break
before Achilles problems surfaced towards the end of that year.
damaged his knee and Achilles tendon
while finishing fourth at last year's Masters,
withdrew during the Players Championship
with a recurrence of the injuries and missed the US Open and the Open.
He returned for the PGA Championship but
missed the cut.
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Woods has missed four of the last 14 majors because of injury
Woods last won a PGA Tour event in September 2009 but has shown signs of a return to form by
winning the World Challenge event
in December 2011 and carding a final round 62 to finish second to Rory McIlroy in the
He is optimistic he can play in the
Arnold Palmer Invitational
at Bay Hill, Florida, in his final warm-up before the
Masters at Augusta