Tiger Woods posts first video of himself hitting golf ball

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American professional golfer Tiger Woods showed that he is making significant strides in his rehab from back surgery when he posted a video on social media Tuesday of him swinging a golf club.

The clip, uploaded to Woods’ Instagram page, shows the golfer wearing a green polo shirt with the help of a wedge. Woods did not say where the video was taken.

“I’m hitting the ball well again,” Woods said in a caption accompanying the video. “Feeling much better after two weeks of training and getting back on track for a strong season.”

The 41-year-old retired professional golfer has not competed since February after a fourth back surgery. Woods, who announced he was taking an indefinite break from professional golf in March 2016, has said that recent changes in his life have caused him to reevaluate his life.

Tiger Woods in March released a statement saying he and his wife, Elin Nordegren, were divorcing after seven years of marriage. In December 2017, Woods checked himself into a US hospital in Florida for evaluation after he was involved in a three-car crash that later resulted in the arrest of his wife, his spokesperson said at the time.

In August, Tiger Woods officially retired from competitive golf at the end of the 2018 season, citing a lingering back injury. The announcement of his retirement marked the end of an era. In 14 years as the world’s No. 1 golfer, Woods earned 82 career wins and $13.7 million in prize money. Woods’ 11 major titles included the 13th and 14th of his career at the 2000 Masters Tournament and the 2008 US Open Championship.

Over the past four years, golf’s status has diminished after Woods’ performance suffered following his first two back surgeries, which were performed in March 2015 and March 2016. Since returning in January 2015 after three months off to recuperate, Woods missed the cut in seven of 18 tournaments in 2017.

Golf has also struggled recently with injuries as golfers on the PGA Tour and European Tour alike have continued to suffer a multitude of injuries, in some cases multiple surgeries.

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