It’s not a comeback, but it’s a start.
Tiger Woods tweeted a video Thursday afternoon showing that he’s back to work on the practice green, as his doctors have approved him to return to hitting pitch shots:
Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching pic.twitter.com/tboq1L3Xdn
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 31, 2017
Woods has not hit a competitive shot since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February, citing back spasms. He subsequently underwent lumbar fusion surgery in April, which he later explained brought “instant nerve relief” after three prior back surgeries failed to alleviate his ongoing pain.
Woods made off-course headlines in May when he was arrested for driving under the influence. While he had not been drinking alcohol, a toxicology report later revealed that Woods was under the influence of multiple prescription medications. In July, he tweeted that he had completed a “private intensive program” to address his medication use.
Woods, who will turn 42 in December, has only played in one official PGA Tour event over the last two years, a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.