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Tiger Declares He's Ready to Play in PGA Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Just three days after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational due to pain in his back, Tiger Woods has announced he will play Thursday in the PGA Championship.

"Pain-free, yes, except for the headache of talking to you guys," Woods said during a press conference Wednesday after being asked if he was in any pain.

Woods played a nine-hole practice round Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club, where he won the 2000 PGA Championship.

"I felt pretty good about how I played and the shots I hit," Woods said. "I have to get used to how this golf course is playing."

Woods injured his back Sunday on the second hole at Firestone when he awkwardly hit a shot out of fairway bunker. He continued to play until after his tee shot on the ninth hole before being assisted off the course in a golf cart.

Woods had surgery on his back on March 31 but he said the pain he felt Sunday wasn't related.

Woods tees off at 8:35 a.m. Thursday. He's playing in a group with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.

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