Brandt Snedeker insists he is fit and raring to go at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational after spending over a month out of action through injury.
Snedeker was undoubtedly the hottest player on the planet five weeks ago as he followed runner-up finishes behind Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines and Phil Mickelson in Phoenix with a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am which took him up to fourth in the world rankings.
But he was then forced to take a break from the game as a rib injury picked up at the Humana Challenge earlier in the year deteriorated.
With one eye on the Masters at Augusta National in April, the 32-year-old American opted to play it safe and rest up the injury.
But he is now looking forward to making his return at Bay Hill and believes the enforced lay-off might even prove a blessing in disguise.
"I feel completely healthy," Snedeker told reporters on Tuesday. "I'm going to have a little soreness and that is to be expected, but no concern whatsoever.
"This is an injury you don't want to try to play through because it can get worse. The Masters is something that you don't want to miss due to an injury. I'm glad I'm back, but the Masters was a concern.
"Sometimes an injury can be a good thing. I got time to rest and sit at home and kind of re-evaluate where my year is. As great as the start of the year was that was a long time ago. We've got to get refocused and get back into it."
Given his recent inactivity, Snedeker has opted to add the Shell Houston Open to his schedule at the end of the month in a bid to ensure his game arrives at Augusta in peak condition.
"I wanted to make sure I was healthy enough to play the Masters 100 percent," he continued. "I didn't want to come back and be at 90 percent or whatever it may be."
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