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‘Making progress’: Tiger Woods filmed hitting balls for first time since career-threatening crash

Woods, 45, is due to host the Hero World Challenge in two weeks’ time and although it remains a massive longshot that he would actually tee it up in the Bahamas, there is a growing conviction he will be there in his role as promoter and will outline, in his first public appearance since the mysterious single-vehicle crash, not only what happened in Los Angeles but also his hopes and plans for his latest comeback.

Woods has not competed in an official tournament since the 2020 Masters played in November. Last week, his friend and neighbour Justin Thomas  revealed that the 15-time major champion is “going to try” to relaunch his career. 

“I know that he’s going to try,” Thomas said. “I don’t see him ever playing if he can’t play well. He doesn’t strike me as a guy who’s played at home and he’s shooting a bunch of 75s and 76s and he’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna give Augusta a try this year.’ That’s not really gonna be him.”

Woods previously returned from serious injury to win the 2019 Masters after undergoing spinal fusion surgery two years before. 

Speaking about the latest rehabilitation process for Woods, Thomas added: “I mean, it’s ‘Groundhog Day.’ Every day’s the exact same thing for him.

“But at least he’s able to… pictures were going around of him at (his son) Charlie’s tournament, (his daughter) Sam’s soccer tournaments here and there. He’s able to be a dad somewhat again, which is most important.”

Woods’ charity tournament, the Hero World Challenge, is due to be held from December 2-5 in the Bahamas.

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