Tiger Woods has been cleared by his doctors to return to golf, six months after undergoing single-level spinal fusion surgery in April of this year.
The procedure was Woods' fourth back surgery since 2014, and he underwent it just a day after claiming his back was progressing.
His agent Mark Steinberg, speaking to ESPN, said the star has been given the go-ahead to return to playing golf following a check-up late last week with the surgeon who operated on him six months ago.
Steinberg struck an optimistic note: "He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed.
"He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way."
Woods underwent the surgery to prevent pain resulting from the narrowing of the bottom disk in his lower back. The condition gave him sciatica and acute pain in his lower back and legs. The condition severely restricted Woods' ability to swing.
The 14-time major champion began posting videos of himself putting shots on October 7. Then, on Sunday October 15, he posted a nine-second video of himself hitting a drive with the caption 'Making Progress'.
The driver is the longest club in the sport. It requires the maximal amount of twisting and its use indicates Woods may very well be on the verge of a return.
The all-clear from the surgeon can only have emboldened 41-year-old Woods, who only a mere month ago admitted he may never play competitive golf again.
Asked when Woods would be capable of making a return to competition, Steinberg refused to speculate.
"We have not even talked about it. We will see what each day brings, what each week brings."
Since early 2014, injuries caused Woods a spate of low activity that has seen him drop from top position to 1,164th place in the world rankings.