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. The first stop is Firestone, where Woods is an eight-time winner and the defending champion. After that, he heads to Valhalla Golf Club for the PGA Championship, where he won in 2000 on his way to an unprecedented sweep of the majors. At stake is a chance to extend a season already cut short by back surgery. "I would like to win these two events and not have to worry about anything," Woods said Wednesday. "Thats the plan. Thats the mindset. Thats the focus. Well see how it falls after these few weeks. Im so far out of it right now that I need to play well to ... get myself into the playoffs and ultimately — hopefully — play all four weeks." Its hard to believe that just one year ago, Woods won this World Golf Championship by seven shots for his fifth victory of the year. Not much has gone his way since then, mainly because of back pain that eventually led to surgery on March 31 and kept him out for three months. The Bridgestone Invitational will be only his third tournament since his return from surgery a month ago at Congressional, where he missed the cut. And during his time at home, his position in two key standings plunged. Woods is No. 215 in the FedEx Cup — only the top 125 qualifying for the playoffs. He is No. 70 in the Ryder Cup standings, so far away from being among the nine automatic qualifiers after next week that even if he were to win at Firestone, he wouldnt even crack the top 20 in the standings. At least he is playing courses that bring happy memories. Woods has been so dominant at Firestone that he averages $10,138 for every hole he has played in competition dating to 1997. His victory last year was the third time he had won at Firestone by at least seven shots. But thats because he was playing well. Firestone also is the course where he finished 30 shots out of the lead in 2010, a week before he hooked up with Sean Foley, his third swing coach as a pro. "Theres no secret formula," he said. "Its just go out and play well. This golf course is right in front of you. Theres no hidden secrets out here. Youve just got to go out there and play well." Different from previous injuries is that Woods said he returned to competition not much longer after he was fit enough to play. After various knee injuries, he worked himself into shape by playing a lot of golf at home. This time, he only got in a couple of rounds. Missing the cut at Congressional was satisfying because he knew he was pain-free. Finishing in 69th place at the British Open — his worst position at a major when making the cut — was more of a disappointment. Woods said he is progressing, though it starts with eliminating mistakes. "My good shots are still really good," he said. "My bad shots need to be in positions where I know I should miss the golf ball, instead of places where I have been missing it." The field is the toughest of the year for the World Golf Championships, missing only Dustin Johnson (No. 16) from the top 50. Rory McIlroy is playing for the first time since his wire-to-wire win at the British Open two weeks ago. Woods is playing the opening two rounds with Martin Kaymer, who went wire-to-wire at Pinehurst No. 2 to win the U.S. Open. McIlroy and Henrik Stenson each have a mathematical chance to replace Adam Scott at No. 1 in the world. Some of the pairings for the opening two rounds are a reminder that the Ryder Cup is not too far away. Justin Rose is playing with Rickie Fowler, who has finished second in the past two majors. McIlroy is playing with Matt Kuchar. Jordan Spieth is paired with Victor Dubuisson of France, both expected to be Ryder Cup rookies. Woods and Kaymer would be another Ryder Cup attraction — assuming Woods is on the team. U.S. captain Tom Watson has said he wants Woods on the team, provided he is healthy and playing well. At the moment, Woods is healthy. "I think what its going to boil down to, would be my guess, is how healthy Tiger is and how he feels like his game is," said Jim Furyk, who has secured his spot on the team for the ninth straight time. "But its hard to imagine not having a healthy Tiger Woods on the team. Hes arguably the best player ever. If hes healthy and hes been playing, its hard to imagine he wouldnt be on the team. But thats not my call." That decision is for Watson. And Woods can make it a lot easier depending on how he plays the next two weeks. Haloti Ngata Jersey
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. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers winger skated with extras and goalies today.MINNEAPOLIS -- David Price was hit hard in a disappointing outing and the Minnesota Twins beat Detroit 8-4 Wednesday night to tighten the AL Central race ahead of the Tigers big weekend series in Kansas City. Danny Santana tripled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Twins. Kyle Gibson (12-11) recovered from a rough start to pitch last-place Minnesota to its second straight win over the division leaders. The Tigers ended the night with a half-game lead over the second-place Royals, who beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles but was thrown out after a costly mistake on the bases in the seventh. With the Twins up 6-4 and Torii Hunter on first, Cabrera doubled to advance Hunter to third. Victor Martinez grounded to first base and Cabrera -- apparently expecting Hunter to break for the plate -- was caught off second and tagged out for an inning-ending double play. Brian Dozier narrowly missed his 21st homer in the sixth when he drove in Santana to put Minnesota up 5-4. The ball hit off the top of the centre-field wall and Dozier settled for a triple off reliever Al Albuquerque. Santana reached on a double against Price (14-12), who allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings. He fell to 3-4 since coming to the Tigers in a July 31 trade with Tampa Bay. Santana had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle. He also scored three times. Golden Tate III Jersey
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