Tiger Woods hit his first public shots in over two months at an event in Missouri to launch his first public golf course, which honours the late Payne Stewart.
The 14-time major champion has not played since pulling out of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic event two months ago because of back spasms, but hit two shots in front of crowds to a par three at his under-construction course.
The first shot he hit was from a makeshift tee and bounced off the rocks that will guard the green once the course is completed, while the second stopped within ten feet of the pin.
However, despite a couple of swings, Woods refused to be drawn in to talk about a return date.
The back is progressing,” said Woods. “I have good days and bad days. I’ve had three back operations and that’s just kind of the nature of the business unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”
Woods’ new course will be named Payne Valley in the two-time major champion's honour, and is set to open its doors in 2019.