Golf: Tiger Woods swinging driver as doctors allow him to return to the sport

Tiger Woods, captain's assistant of the US team, walking in front of the New York City skyline during the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept 29, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Tiger Woods, captain's assistant of the US team, walking in front of the New York City skyline during the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept 29, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Tiger Woods, who tantalised fans with a Twitter video of himself hitting a driver on Sunday (Oct 15), has been cleared by doctors to resume full golf activities, ESPN reported on Monday.

The 14-time Major champion has not played since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.

He has played three times in two years thanks to a series of injuries and had a fourth back surgery in April.

At the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, Woods acknowledged that he did not know if he would ever return to competitive golf.

But on Sunday the 41-year-old posted a video of himself - clad in a trademark red shirt of the kind he sported on so many championship Sundays - hitting his driver.

"Making Progress" was the caption.

The post followed an Oct 7 post that heralded "Smooth Iron Shots" and a post on Aug 31 that said: "Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching".

ESPN quoted Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, as saying the former world No. 1 had received a "nice report" in the wake of a medical check-up last week and had been cleared to "do as much as he needs to do".

However, he cautioned that Woods, who was arrested in May for driving under the influence of a variety of prescription drugs, would continue to take his rehab "very, very slowly".