Tiger Woods appeared to embrace his new role as a vice-captain last week (Photo: Getty Images)
Tiger Woods may have kept his swing under wraps during his stint as a US Ryder Cup assistant last week, but it would appear he has nothing to be ashamed about ahead of his likely return to the PGA Tour next week.
Woods, 40, has not played a competitive round of golf for more than a year after recovering from multiple back problems.
According to fellow professional Jesper Parnevik, the 14-time major champion is ready for action heading into the Safeway Open - the PGA Tour's 2016/17 season opener.
"By the way, he's been hitting a lot of balls, and he's hitting it great," said Parnevik, who has been playing with Woods at Medalist Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.
"He's pounding it a mile and flushing everything. On the range at least, his trajectory and ball flight are like the Tiger we knew 15 years ago."
Woods is raring to go according to Jesper Parnevik (Photo: Getty Images)
Parnevik against Woods during the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline (Photo: Getty Images)
Woods' last comeback to the PGA Tour may have had its ups and downs, but the Swede believes this one could be different.
"Comebacks are never a sure thing," said Parnevik, "but something tells me his might be spectacular."
Woods is scheduled to compete next week, but the field will not be finalised until this Friday.
He has also declared his intentions to play in the European Tour's Turkish Airlines Open from November 3, and the Hero World Challenge in December.
"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Woods wrote. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."
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