Coming off three surgeries, former world number one Tiger Woods posted a video Wednesday to give assurance that he is on the road to recovery and to dismiss allegations that his condition has worsen.
The video was posted on Twitter and Woods is seen doing a swing with an iron on a golf simulator and suggested that the ball would have landed a few feet away from the pin.
The video came with a caption that reads “Progressing nicely,” which was a way for Woods to assess his path to recovery.
The 40-year old American last gave information about his medical condition back in December while hosting his own tournament wherein he stated that he has no idea when he will be able to play again. He wants to take it one step at a time, but with the posted video, hopes are glowing that he might compete again soon.
Woods underwent three back surgeries in the past 19 months and in his statement as reported by ESPN back in December, he considers the surgeries as different and the healing process depends solely on how the nerves heal unlike having other surgeries.
“There is no timetable. That is the hardest part for me – there is really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards. It is different from any other surgeries and procedures I have had in the past. I have had ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) reconstruction and ok, you are back in nine months. For nerves, there are really no timetables. You can come back earlier, you can comeback later, it just depends on how the nerve heals. This my third one (operation) so I have to (approach a comeback conservatively). I have no choice,” Woods said.
Being out for a long time in the world of golf displaced Woods in the world rankings. He is now rated no. 445, which way below when he started his career back in 1996. IN his professional career he has won a total of 106 tournaments.
Woods has broken numerous golf record and has been World Number One for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer. He has a total of 14 professional major golf championships, the second highest of any player behind Jack Nicklaus’ 18, and 79 PGA Tour events, second all-time behind Sam Snead, who had 82 wins.
He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times.
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