Golf icon Tiger Woods posted a video of himself hitting balls on Sunday, nine months after he suffered a life-threatening leg injury in a car crash in California.
“Progress is being made,” Woods said in a caption without the video being posted on Twitter.
The 45-year-old looks comfortable wearing shorts with compression stockings on his right leg, which shattered when the 15-time champion crashed his SUV on the outskirts of Los Angeles in February.
Woods’ latest injury drama sparked fears for the future of his career, and sparked outrage from Twitter fans and golf journalists with likes, replies and retweets from his video.
Fellow PGA Tour professionals also took note, with three-time winner Max Homa noting the hustle and bustle in Woods’ two-second video.
“I wonder if Tiger and his crew laugh before posting a swinging video that the whole free world is going to lose their brains #Golf,” Homa tweeted.
Woods’ friend and colleague Justin Thomas responded heartily.
Moments after he tweeted about how much he loves Rory McLaughlin’s spirit on the European Tour on Sunday, Thomas posted with Woods Video: “But I think I like it more.”
Thomas recently said in a podcast that Woods was “trying to get back.”
“I know he’s going to try,” Thomas said on the new Lying Up podcast. “I never see him play if he can’t play well. He doesn’t hit me as a guy who plays at home and he’s shooting a group of 75 and 76 and he’s like, ‘OK. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
“It’s not really going to happen, at least not to me. What do I know about it?”
Woods has previously returned from serious career injuries. He underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2017 and returned to the competition in 2018 to win his fifth Masters title in 2019 and his 15th major crown.
The thrilling victory at Augusta National was Woods’ first major victory since the 2008 US Open at the Tory Pines – where Woods defeated Roko Medite in the playoffs despite playing on a broken leg.
He has undergone several surgeries over the years on his back and knee to extend his career and was recovering from another procedure to reduce back pain when he crashed in February.
An investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department determined the crash, in which Woods’ car flew off the road and overturned several times, causing an “unsafe” speed of almost twice the speed of 45 mph.
Woods indicated in an Instagram post in April that his recovery was slow.
In May, he told Golf Digest that his current injury recovery was “a very different animal” than his previous recovery.
“It was more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced,” he told the magazine, although there were signs of progress this month when a Florida girl approached him at a football park. He later posted a photo of himself and the superstar, which showed Woods. On crutches but without safety walking boat.
Earlier this month, a Twitter poster photographed Woods walking without crutches.
But Woods has kept a low profile, focusing on his recovery.
Golf Digest posted a quick analysis of the video on its website on Sunday, stating that “a shot was fired at the driving range of a medalist golf club” near Woods’ Florida home.
The magazine chose Woods’ “uninterrupted motion” and said that multiple visible divots would “point to practice sessions rather than isolated shots for the camera.”
For many, however, the video was a source of joy, not analysis.
“We’d love to see it!” Read a post on the US Rider Cup team’s official Twitter account. “Keep going; Tiger Woods, we’re all happy for you.”
Twice PGA Tour winner Tony Fanau added: “Nice to see the Big Cat swinging the sticks!”
Homa, Finau and Thomas Woods are among a generation of inspired golfers – who have been watching the game for the past few months.
He hurried to congratulate Hideki Matsuyama of Japan on social media on his historic victory at the Augusta National, Mitsuyama’s “great achievement for you and your country.” Will affect. “
Woods’ long-range messages also affected the American team that beat Europe in the Ryder Cup in September.
“We knew he was lifting his fist off the sofa,” said Xander Schoffell of the United States.