Tiger Woods takes another step towards his awaited comeback

Tiger Woods has taken another step in the right direction Thursday afternoon as he is now cleared to resume chipping and pitching practice around the greens.

Woods took to Instagram this afternoon to make the announcement.

Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching

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Just the idea of a comeback being plausible for Tiger gets people more and more anxious for the return of the sport’s most dominant player over the past 20 years.

Earlier this month United States President’s Cup captain Steve Stricker announced that he would be bringing Woods along as an assistant coach to the team this fall.

“It will be good to have him there. Guys are looking forward to it and I know he’s looking forward to it as well,” Stricker told Golf Channel. “He wants to get back in the mix, and I know he’s itching to get back out here, and this will be a first step for him.

“It was really cool,” Stricker said eight months ago, “and he’s doing the same already. He called me a couple weeks ago and said he had a couple ideas so we’ve got a long ways to go yet, but he’s sure thinking about it and he’s excited to be a part of it again.”

Tiger has not updated fans any further than the video shown above on his Instagram page. Earlier this year, before his plethora of off the course issues, Tiger told his fans that the surgery to relieve pain in his back was successful. He did not give a set time table for his recovery because a fusion back surgery, like the one he had, is difficult to predict a prognosis.

Ironically this announcement of step-one to a comeback arrives on the anniversary of Tiger’s father predicting that he would only win 14 majors. That forecast came back in 1994 and looked pretty solid until Thursday’s events.