AS the world continues to speculate about the legacy of Tiger Woods, whether or not he returns to be the all-conquering superstar of a decade ago, the American has given the best indication yet his return to tournament golf is not far away.
Woods hosted a kids clinic at Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina on Thursday with footage emerging on social media of a jovial Woods swinging freely and aggressively.
The 14-time major champion can be seen playing a number of wedge and short iron shots on the range before a clip of him surfaced hitting his driver.
It is the first public footage of the former World Number One hitting driver since Woods’ multiple back surgeries at the end of last year.
The four-time green jacket winner ruled himself out of the recent US Masters with a statement released in the lead-up to the event, writing "I've been hitting balls and training daily, but I'm not physically ready.”
“I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what's best for my long-term health and career,” said Woods.
“I'm absolutely making progress, and I'm really happy with how far I've come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf.”
His agent Mark Sternberg followed up those comments by saying Woods “doesn’t want to hit the start-stop button” and that a particular tournament for his return had not yet been decided.
“I do except him back on the golf course this year,” Steinberg told ESPN.
“Absolutely. But there is no timetable.”
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