The reports of Tiger Woods’s injury-related demise may have been premature.
The 14-time major champion posted a video of him hitting a golf ball Wednesday morning, while looking healthy and ready to play.
Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg said the video of Tiger swinging was from this morning — just before 9 a.m.
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) February 24, 2016
The video of Woods hitting the ball is in stark contrast to reports over the weekend: That the 40-year-old former No. 1 had a setback in his return due to a second microdiscectomy and follow-up procedure a month later lat year.
I’m told #TigerWoods condition worsened. He can’t move well; painful to sit. Sits in car with seat fully reclined. No forseeable return. Sad
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) February 22, 2016
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 22, 2016
— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) February 22, 2016
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 22, 2016
— GolfWRX (@GolfWRX) February 22, 2016
Those reports were quickly rebuffed by his agent Mark Steinberg in a statement on Monday. “The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false. It’s reprehensible that every few months someone makes something up and it’s treated like a real story,” Steinberg said. “Tiger continues to work on his rehabilitation and we will have an accurate update at the appropriate time.”
Woods’s positive progression has also been confirmed by those close to him.
According to a report on Golf Digest, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and Woods’ close friend Notah Begay both say that Woods has shown improvement from last fall.
“He’s making progress,” Love told Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte.
“He is starting to move like he’s human again,” Begay said.