Report: Tiger Woods Spotted 'Walking Fine' Whilst Attending Son's Junior Golf Event

The 15-time Major champion has not played since his latest surgery after hobbling out of the 87th Masters in April

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Tiger Woods' hopes of playing competitive golf once more look to be on the rise after the injury-plagued former champion was reportedly seen walking unaided at Old Palm Golf Club whilst watching his son Charlie compete in a junior tournament. 

Via Twitter, a fellow young player wrote, after reportedly seeing Woods, "seemed to be walking fine,” just four months after Woods underwent surgery after hobbling out of the 87th Masters in April during the third round. 

Walking around Augusta for four days proved too much for Woods, who was suffering from post-traumatic arthritis as a result of a previous fracture.

Woods subsequently had ankle fusion in New York in April, known as subtalar fusion surgery, which ruled him out of the final three remaining Majors in 2023.  There is no timeframe for Woods' return but, if the development of walking without a protective boot is true, it will give hope to fans that he will play professionally again in 2024. 

The golfer recently joined the PGA Tour's policy board, describing men's professional golf as being at a 'critical point' amid the circuit's 'framework agreement' with LIV Golf's Saudi Arabian backers. 

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Woods is expected to take on a more prominent role off the course after the PGA Tour made an abrupt U-turn by agreeing to try and broker a deal with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

The PGA Tour recently confirmed their full 2024 schedule and Woods' influence was clear. The event he hosts, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, was named one of eight signature events for next season with the tournament boasting more money as well as a cut, which Woods has long advocated.

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

James is currently playing: 
Driver: Ping G400
3 wood: Ping i20
Hybrid: Ping i20
Irons: Ping i500 4-SW
Wedges: Ping Glide forged 50, 56
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour
Ball: Titleist ProVIx