The 14-time major champion revealed on Twitter Thursday that his doctor gave him the go-ahead to begin chipping golf balls. The tweet was accompanied by a slow-motion video of Woods chipping a ball.
Woods, 41, had fusion surgery on his back on April 19 — his fourth procedure to his back since April of 2014. The winner of 79 PGA Tour titles has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 after an opening-round 73.
On May 24, Woods wrote on his website that the fusion surgery brought “instant relief.”
“I haven’t felt this good in years,” wrote Woods, who last won at the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. “I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt.
“You mention the word ‘fusion,’ and it’s scary. Other guys who have had fusions or disc replacements like Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins and Dudley Hart … They have all come back and played. But more than anything, it made their lives better. That’s the most important thing … that I can have a life again with my kids.”
Woods will be in New Jersey for the Presidents Cup Sept. 28-Oct. 1. He is one of captain Steve Stricker’s four assistants.