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Tiger Woods plays practice round at Muirfield, says elbow feels fine

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On Sunday morning, Tiger Woods got his first look at Muirfield since tough weather pounded the 14-time Grand Slam champion back in 2002 as he posted a third round 81, his worst score ever as a professional, and said he's looking forward to the third major of 2013.

Woods took some time off from golf after the U.S. Open to heal a strained elbow, but said on his website that everything feels good and he should be ready to try and win his fourth Claret Jug this coming week.

"I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. That's why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again," Woods said. "I'm still taking anti-inflammatory medication for my elbow and getting treatment, but the big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough."

Woods played the back nine at Muirfield with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day on Sunday morning and said the tough track will play firm and fast, something he prefers in an Open Championship.

How fast is the course playing? Tiger was overheard saying he hit a 4-iron 285 yards on the eighth hole, meaning we could see a Hoylake approach from Woods if the weather holds.

Still, it's good to see Tiger out at Muirfield hitting golf shots with an elbow that should hold up this week.

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