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Victim of a serious accident last February, the American posted a video on social networks in which he made his return to the greens.

A video of Tiger Woods in practice, the first of the American with a golf club in his hand nine months after his car crash in California, was posted to his official Twitter account on Sunday, with the only comment “Progress in Classes”.

This video lasts only a few seconds, with Tiger seen from behind quietly hitting an iron shot, in front of a bucket of balls, on a golf driving range whose location is not specified.

This image immediately sparked several thousand fan reactions, as Tiger has 6.5 million followers on Twitter. Some observers announced after his accident that he would have a hard time ever playing golf at the highest level again.

Charity tournament

Justin Thomas, professional player and friend of Tiger Woods, immediately welcomed the return to the practice of one who is considered one of the best golfers of all time. Just after reassuring on Twitter how much he appreciated the passion shown by Rory McIlroy on Sunday on the European Tour, Thomas added, sharing the Woods video: “But I think I like it even more.”

Justin Thomas had recently judged probable in a podcast the return on the greens of Tiger Woods. “I know he will try,” he said. “But,” he added, “I don’t see him playing again if he can’t play well.”

The timing of this video is not surprising: the Tiger Woods Foundation (TGR Foundation) just celebrated its 25th anniversary on November 18, and a charity tournament it is organizing in the Bahamas, the Hero World Challenge, is scheduled to begin. December with 20 guests among the best players in the world, including his compatriots Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Bryson deChambeau.

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Broken leg

On February 23, Woods was driving her car at a “dangerous” speed of 140 km / h, nearly double the allowable limit, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, when she got off the road before performing several barrels at Ranchos Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.

The 45-year-old former world number 1 suffered a broken right leg. That leg is in dark tights in footage aired Sunday in practice, but doesn’t stop him from hitting the ball properly.

After three weeks of hospitalization, Woods returned home to Florida, where he continued his recovery. He has already recovered from almost all injuries in his 25-year career, including multiple knee and back operations, including arthrodesis, a painful fusion of vertebrae.

This did not prevent him in 2019, after eleven years of major shortage, from winning his 5th Augusta Masters, his 15th Grand Slam tournament, then to equal the same year the record for the number of titles on the PGA circuit (82) until then the sole property of Sam Snead.

(AFP)

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