Golf: Doctors clear Woods to swing golf clubs

USA Vice-Captain Tiger Woods smiling during a practice round ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota.
USA Vice-Captain Tiger Woods smiling during a practice round ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Doctors have given Tiger Woods the green light to swing a club again as the 14-time Major championship winner takes aim at a return to professional golf.

The 41-year-old American received medical clearance to start practising and tweeted a video on Thursday (Aug 31) of him hitting balls with a pitching wedge.

"(Doctor) gave me the OK to start pitching," Woods wrote.

He last played in a competitive tournament at the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

He withdrew from the event with back spasms and underwent back surgery for the fourth time in April.

Since that time, he has said that he wants to get back to golf but there is no timetable for his return.

Woods was arrested for driving under the influence near his home in Florida in May. Toxicology reports revealed Woods had a variety of prescription drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

He was also caught in controversy last month when a porn website leaked nude photos of him and his former girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.

Woods has 79 career PGA Tour victories. He won 14 Majors, but the last one was in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines by outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 19-hole play-off.