Tiger Woods recently attended a Junior Golf Clinic, fuelling rumours that his return to the game could be sooner rather than later.
The former world number one has endured a torrid 18 months due to injury, but three back surgeries and months of rest and rehabilitation appear to be paying off.
Woods wowed the small crowd at the clinic, even throwing in a cheeky club twirl after cracking an iron shot.
Tiger is definitely back! His swing is looking flush. Only matter of time he will be back. Last night — 'I miss kicking everyones asses.' – @TigerWoods Tiger is such a awesome guy, spent time with us, played pingpong and basketball… He will be joining us on the first tee in a few hours! ? Follow me on snapchat – @mlee.27 for more snapchats of him and the tournament I'm at. #NikeGolf #SageValley @golfchannel @golfdigest @nikegolf
It wasn’t just irons, as the 14-time major winner was apparently giving the driver a good run too, reportedly carrying 300 yards down the range.
— Golfweek Junior Tour (@GWJuniorTour) April 21, 2016
One fan got so excited he couldn’t help but blurt out the obligatory ‘mashed potatoes’, a war cry that seems to never get old…
This is the first bit of progress we have heard about Woods since he spoke at Augusta on the eve of the Masters.
“I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career,” Woods wrote on his official website.
Despite Woods’ long time friend Notah Begay saying his physical attributes are “are starting to materialise”, agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Channel that “there is no timetable” for his return.