My body's in better shape - Woods
Tiger Woods says he feels much fitter as he prepares for the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club this week.
Doubts were raised about the former world number one's participation in the penultimate FedEx Cup event after he withdrew before his second round of the Northern Trust at Liberty National last week.
The 43-year-old American, who opened with a 75 in New Jersey, cited a mild oblique strain as the reason for his premature exit but will be teeing it up at Medinah on Thursday.
Woods, who occupies 38th in the FedEx Cup standings and would miss the Tour Championship as things stand, with only the top-30 making it to East Lake, has given a positive update on his fitness.
"I feel good," he was quoted as saying by golfmagic.com. "I feel a lot better than I felt last week. I felt good this morning, so thought I'd give it a go."
Woods picked up a thrilling victory at last year's Tour Championship, holding off compatriot Billy Horschel by two strokes before going on to win his 15th major at the Masters in April.
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