Tiger Woods posts video of himself practising on an indoor golf simulator

Tiger Woods has posted video of himself practising on an indoor golf simulator, days after the latest round of narratives seemed claiming his inability to sit up straight

Tiger Woods has provided an online riposte to tales of his physical demise by posting a video which indicates him playing a shot on a golf simulator. The post is a clear indication that the Woods camp are in upbeat mood about whether he will be able to continue his career.

Rumours the coming week suggested the 14 -times major win, who is recovering from a third back surgery, still cannot play golf and was in such discomfort that he cannot even sit upright in a car.

Days earlier, Woodss advisers had been silent when contacted for an update on his condition but on this occasion his management squad instantaneously hit back at what they labelled reprehensible narratives. Nevertheless there remains no report on precisely when the 40 -year-old will return to competitive golf. He last featured in August at the Wyndham Championshipamid constant battles with fitness and form.

On Wednesday, Woodss Twitter page depicted a video with the headline Progressing nicely. On it, the shorts-wearing Woods plays a short-iron shot into the middle of the green on a simulator.

Tiger Woods (@ TigerWoods) February 24, 2016

Progressing nicely. pic.twitter.com/ HKnnluR1OW

Intrigue surrounds whether he could possibly make a playing return at the Masters, which is now little over a month away.

Phil Mickelson, meanwhile , not a man Woods would ever class as a close friend, has insisted golf remains decades away from anyone in the golfing class of today from reaching his old competitors status.

Woods and Mickelson were known for reciprocal indifference off the course; that aspect has, it must be noted, thawed in recent times. Mickelson has now provided high praise and comparison of just how great Woods at his best was.

There is nobody in the game of golf that I have seen that is remotely close to the level of performance Tiger was in his prime, Mickelson told golf.com. Mentally, short game or ball-striking, I dont think anybody matches him in any of those areas. And Tiger put them all together in one to create a career that is mind-boggling.

Its difficult for me to see the game of golf returning to the level that it was during his heyday without somebody like that. And as great as the young players are, the level that Ive find out of him, especially when you go back to 2000 at the US Open and his performance when he held all four major championships at once, I think were decades away from anybody getting back to that level.

Mickelson, 45, who won the last of his five majors, the Open Championship, in 2013 turned mischievous when asked if Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day or Rickie Fowler could match Woodss major haul. Maybe one, yes, Mickelson told with a smile. Which one? Im not going to say that. Thats quite a little taunt for you.

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