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Tiger Woods Says He's 'Pain-Free,' Ready to Play in PGA Championship in Louisville

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Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.Woods finally arrived at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club Wednesday, leaving him enough time to play nine holes on a golf course he has not seen since he won the PGA Championship 14 years ago.    He says the back injury that caused him to withdraw Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational was not related to the pain that required surgery on March 31.He says his trainer was able to fix the problem, and once he felt he had full range of motion, he was ready to tackle the final major of the year."I got my speed, I got my power. (I) Just need obviously to keep it up," Woods told reporters.Woods easily slipped into golf shoes, and he played nine holes with Davis Love III, Steve Stricker and Harris English without showing a trace of pain. He’s scheduled to tee off at 8:35 Thursday morning in the PGA Championship.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.