Tiger Woods has made progress towards a return to competitive golf after he was cleared to resume short-game practice.
The former world number one has not played since January, when he missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at four over par after rounds of 76 and 72.
But Woods tweeted on Thursday evening: “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching”, accompanied by a slow-motion video of him hitting a shot from just off the green which finished around two feet from the flag.
Woods has won 14 majors, the second-highest total of all time behind Jack Nicklaus on 18, but has failed to add to that tally in nearly a decade since the 2008 US Open.
His most recent win came at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, since when he has been plagued by injuries and has had four operations on his back.
Having spent 683 weeks as world number one in his career, Woods’ current ranking is 1,121.