Tiger surprises golf world with new swing video
It’s not often a single swing of a golf club can make waves right across the world. But when you’re Tiger Woods, the normal rules don’t apply.
The former World No.1 has posted a video titled simply “Making progress” to his social media accounts showing him swinging a club on a practice range. Yes that’s all there was to see. Woods with a black compression sleeve on his injured right leg, standing alone with a bucket of balls and a launch monitor.
What makes the surprise 3-second clip so remarkable is that it’s the first time we have seen the 15-time major winner swinging a club since his near-death car accident on February 23rd this year.
Woods last competed in a professional event with his son, Charlie, at the PNC Father/Son Challenge in December 2020 while his last PGA Tour start came at the rescheduled Masters last November.
It was just a week ago when good friend and fellow PGA Tour player, Justin Thomas, admitted on the No Laying Up podcast that Woods was aiming to make a comeback as long he can remain competitive.
Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)
“I know that he’s going to try,” said Thomas. “I don’t see him ever playing if he can’t play well.”
“He doesn’t strike me as a guy who’s played at home and he’s shooting a bunch of 75s and 76s and he’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna give Augusta a try this year.’ That’s not really gonna be him.”
And how did his fellow Tour players react to the video?
“As I’m hanging in Montana, it’s great to see Tiger swinging a golf club again. I know he can’t stand me holding a single record so I’m guessing HE wants to be the oldest to ever win a major. I’ll just say this. BRING IT!,” said Phil Mickelson alluding to the PGA Championship win just days before his 51st birthday.
“And just like that the Player impact program number 1 spot is taken. Great to see the Big Cat back swinging the sticks!” added Tony Finau.
“So @PGATOUR we just need to know who finishes 2-10 on the PIP. Enjoy the 8mil @TigerWoods,” said Colt Knost.
While the 45-year-old was recently spotted in public walking with a distinct limp, it seems this video at least proves that Woods is on the mend, even if the timeframe for a return to the PGA Tour remains a mystery.