Woods makes progress in latest recovery

Tiger Woods, who spent more than 12 years as world No.1, is now ranked 1121 in the world.

Tiger Woods, who spent more than 12 years as world No.1, is now ranked 1121 in the world.

Tiger Woods has made progress towards a return to competitive golf after he was cleared to resume short-game practice.

The former world No.1 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.

"Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching," Woods tweeted on Thursday evening, 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 No.1 in his career, Woods' current ranking is 1121.

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