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NASSAU, Bahamas — More progress.
Eleven days after Tiger Woods posted a three-second video of himself hitting a smooth wedge — accompanied by the words Making Progress — the PGA Tour posted a 23-second spot of the 15-time major champion hitting a metal wood numerous times Wednesday on the range of Albany Golf Club, home to this week’s Hero World Challenge, the tournament Woods hosts.
The initial video was the first swing anyone had seen Woods make since last year’s PNC Championship, where his son, Charlie, stole the show playing alongside his pop. It fueled hope that Woods would be able to return to play golf again following his horrific one-car, rollover accident last February that nearly cost him his right leg, let alone his life.
The second video adds even more fuel.
On Tuesday at Albany, in his first press conference in more than a year, Woods was asked if he had a target tournament he was eyeing to hopefully return, such as the PNC Championship in two weeks.
“I’ll put it to you this way: as far as playing at the Tour level, I don’t know when that’s going to happen,” he said. “Now, I’ll play a round here or there, a little hit and giggle, I can do something like that. The USGA suggested Play It Forward. I really like that idea now.
“To see some of my shots fall out of the sky a lot shorter than they used to is a little eye‑opening, but at least I’m able to do it again. That’s something that for a while there it didn’t look like I was going to. Now I’m able to participate in the sport of golf. Now to what level, I do not know that.”
Golfweek reported that the PNC Championship was holding a spot in case Woods decided to play with his son again. It should be noted that Woods, who is walking without any assistance such as a cane or crutch, could use a golf cart to play alongside Charlie in the 36-hole, two-day event.
The latest action of Woods hitting metal woods certainly spikes speculation that the former world No. 1 could play.
If he keeps making progress.