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Qualifying for 2016 Rio Olympics ‘very important’ for resurgent Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods may have some way to go before we can say he’s back to his best, but recent performances prove there’s life in the former World No.1 yet.

And Tiger’s roar was loud and clear as he laid down his intention of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where golf has been reinstated after a 112-year absence.

Tiger said his focus would be fully trained on earning a place in the USA Olympic team, stating it was ‘very important’ that he snatch one of the precious few available places.

Of course, if Woods really wants to earn his place in the field then he’ll need to give everything for the cause.

The 14-time major winner has slipped to 125th in the World Rankings following a succession of injuries coupled with a string of poor performances in key events. There are 60 places in the men’s Rio 2016 golf tournament up for grabs, but each country or region is limited to four entries, if those players are in the top 15, or two entries if outside the top 15.

The United States currently has eight players in the world’s top 15, with 53 US golfers ranked above Woods as it stands. But with qualifying not closing until July 2016, Tiger has a golden opportunity to claw back the distance and take his place in Brazil; a feat he believes is entirely possible.

When asked about the Olympic Games ahead of The Players Championship, which begins in Florida on Thursday, Woods said, "It’s very important. Guys want to solidify themselves, play for not only their country, but also have a chance to do something that hasn't been done in a very long time: win a medal in golf."

Woods has said he will play more tournaments in order to have a chance to represent his country at the Olympic Games.

"Making my way up from where I'm at is going to take consistency, and I need wins," he said. "It's something that I've done when I've made my comebacks before."

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