Tiger Woods Gets Green Light to Play Golf Without Restrictions



There’s good news out of the Tiger Woods camp.

The 14-time major winner has been cleared by his doctor to resume full golf activities, according to an ESPN.com report by senior writer Bob Harig.

“He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” agent Mark Steinberg was quoted as saying. “He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way.”

Woods had back surgery on April 19 after an abbreviated golf season that saw him miss the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January and a week later withdraw after one round of the Dubai Desert Classic. He missed all four majors in 2017.

Tiger has been down this road before and will proceed with extreme caution. He has no pain, according to his agent, but there is also no timetable for his return.

“We will see what each day brings, what each week brings,” Steinberg said.

Lately Woods has been posting clips of himself hitting various clubs and shots on social media. The most recent (above) shows Tiger outfitted in his Sunday red and black hitting a driver and includes the words “Making Progress.”

The swing looks different—a little more upright and a fuller body swing without the violent lower body torque that was a Woods trademark.

Former Tiger swing coach Hank Haney commented on Twitter: “That’s a swing he could win with. [I]t’s not across the line and stuck inside coming down, a little stiff looking but it’s good enough.”

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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