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Tiger Woods follows his shot off the ninth fairway rough during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament March 8, 2012 in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Tiger Woods says he will be ready in time for the Masters next month despite suffering a mild strain of his Achilles tendon last week.

While in New York City Thursday to promote the launch of his new EA Sports video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, the 14-time major winner added he is also planning to play next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"I'll be there. Don't worry about it," Woods told ABC's 'Good Morning America' program. "I took a few days off. I'll start hitting balls [Friday]"

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"The stiffness is gone," Woods said. "Hopefully, I'll be ready next week."

Woods withdrew from last week's WGC-Cadillac Championship event on the 12th hole after the tightness he was feeling in his left Achilles tendon got worse. It's the same Achilles tendon that caused him to miss two majors last year.

Later in the day, Woods told The Scott Van Pelt show on ESPN Radio that one of the reason's why he made the decision to pull out of Doral was the fact he wanted to be healthy heading into the Masters.

"Just gotta be smart and look at the big picture," said Woods. "The Masters is coming up and last year I was not prudent about pulling out when I should have and I missed two major championships and I don't want to do that again."

On Monday, Woods tweeted that he got good news from the doctor, who diagnosed the problem as a mild strain.



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