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Tiger Woods Starts Hitting Balls Again, Feels 'Pretty Good' and Plans Return in Dec.

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Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2014 PGA Championship in August.

Tiger Woods is back on the driving range.

After taking a break from golf following the PGA Championship to heal his ailing back, Woods started hitting balls again last week, according to USA Today's Steve DiMeglio.

Woods, who plans to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in early December, is making "fuller" shots in consultation with his doctors, according to the report. Previously, Woods had been restricted to practicing short-game shots. 

"The doctors said he could hit golf balls again, and he's listening to his doctors and to his body," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "He will keep listening to his doctors and body.

"...He's feeling pretty good."

Woods had back surgery March 31 and missed the Masters and the U.S. Open. Upon his return this summer, he struggled. He missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National in June, finished 69th at the British Open and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. After the PGA, Woods took himself out of consideration for the Ryder Cup because his doctors had advised him to rest his back muscles.

However, Woods has kept busy during his recovery, parting ways with swing coach Sean Foley, appearing on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" alongside Rory McIlroy, visiting the site of his new course Bluejack National outside Houston and launching a new restaurant slated to open in early 2015.

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