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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods starts the long road to recovery with tweeted video as he is cleared to start short-game practice

US star releases video of him back on the green

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 11:29am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 September, 2017, 11:29am

Tiger Woods has made a step toward returning to competitive golf after being cleared by his doctor to work on his short game.

Woods, 41, last played in a competitive tournament at the Dubai Desert Classic in January. He withdrew from the event with back spasms and underwent a fourth back surgery in April.

“(Doctor) gave me the okay to start pitching,” Woods wrote on Twitter and posted a video that showed him hitting balls with a wedge from just off the green.

A winner of 14 major championships, second to only Jack Nicklaus, Woods has barely competed over the last two years amid repeated surgery on his back.

He has still managed to generate headlines off the course, however, after being arrested for a DUI near his home in Florida in May. Toxicology reports revealed he had a variety of drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

A cocktail of five different drugs was found in Tiger Woods’ system after arrest

Woods apologised to fans and blamed the incident on prescription medication he was taking to manage pain from back surgery.

In mid-June, Woods announced he was receiving “professional help” to manage his use of medications for back pain and insomnia and checked himself into a clinic.