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February 09, 2012

Caddie says Tiger Woods is pain-free and ready to play

Lacava_337PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- In Tuesday’s press conference, Tiger Woods was seemingly in good spirits and relaxed as he fielded questions for 30-plus minutes. Asked if Woods was as happy as he seemed, caddie Joe LaCava, who is still on a high after his Giants won the Super Bowl, attributed Woods’s current demeanor to his clean bill of health.

“When you feel good for the first time in a long time, you're obviously going to be happy and feel good about yourself, so I think that's part of it, that he's feeling good and not in any pain,” said LaCava, who was heading out Wednesday to finish mapping some holes on Pebble Beach. "I think that translates into being happy, and so does playing well.”

Perhaps Tiger's positive state of mind has something to do with the people around him these days.

“I think we get along great,” said LaCava, who compared Woods to his longtime boss, Fred Couples. “We talk sports all the time, kind of like Fred. He's a 15-year-younger version of Fred. He loves sports, and that's what we talk about most of the time.”

(Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

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