When will Tiger Woods return from injury has been a question on the lips of most golf fans all year long, and the answer might not be far away after the 14-time major winner shared a video update on his social media channels.
Former world number one Woods has not been seen on the course for much of the season due to injury problems, but did make a hint he was approaching a return last month when he shared a video of him chipping again.
The latest update suggests Woods’ long-awaited comeback is on track and certainly a step closer after a slow-motion video posted on both Twitter and Facebook showed him hitting irons shots from the fairway.
Smooth iron shots pic.twitter.com/v9XLROZnfW
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 7, 2017
In the video, which came with the caption “smooth iron shots”, Woods is in no discomfort playing the game again and he appears to be in good health and firmly on the road to a return to the PGA TOUR later this year or in early 2018.
Woods has been missing from the course since February, when he pulled out of an event in Dubai on what was his latest attempt to come back from injury.
On the sidelines
The American has spent the vast majority of the last four years on the sidelines having undergone four back surgeries, the most recent of which was in January.
The 79-time PGA TOUR winner had only just previously made a return to the game competitively in December 2016, promising his body had never felt as good in years…but it proved to be false hope.
Desperate to go back to the time when he dominated the sport and was the face of golf, Woods has not won since his triumph in the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational more than four years ago.
The last of Woods’ 14 majors, a figure just four short of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record, came over nine years ago in the 2008 U.S. Open. He won only 14 more tournaments since that U.S. Open success as his dominance over his rivals began fading.
Fans still believe Woods has more titles and majors in him, though only time will tell if his body is up to the task of emulating or passing Nicklaus’ record.
A comeback would add another chapter to an eventful year for Woods, who was arrested by police in Florida after being found asleep at the wheel of his car on a freeway. Subsequent video footage of his arrest was viewed by millions.
Woods was initially thought to be have been arrested for drink driving, but later revealed he had blown zero on the test. However, he was arrested for Driving Under Influence (DUI), something he blamed on taking regular medication incorrectly. A toxicology report revealed five separate substances were present in his blood sample.
A vice-captain at the Presidents Cup earlier this month, Woods appeared to be back in love with life and on the road to a return to the game—his latest video suggests that might be the case.
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