Tiger Woods is out of the hospital recovering from his car accident at home in Florida.
Woods was operated on in Los Angeles on February 23 for open fractures to his right lower leg and other injuries to his foot and ankle.
And on Tuesday evening, the 15-time main winner confirmed that he had taken the next step in his rehabilitation.
“I’m happy to announce that I’m back home and I’ve continued to recover,” said the 45-year-old in a statement on his Twitter feed.
Woods added, “I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received over the past few weeks.
“Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses, and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all looked after me so well and I cannot thank you enough.
“I’ll take a rest at home and work to get stronger every day.”
Woods was the only occupant in his SUV around 7 a.m. on Feb.23 when the vehicle hit a median, rolled, and came to rest on the side near a steep road that is notorious for accidents, according to police.
The former number 1 in the world had to be pulled out of the vehicle through the windshield.
That day he was operated on for multiple fractures of his right tibia and fibula – including a rod inserted into the former – with additional screws and pins inserted into the bones in the foot and ankle.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who has a home near Woods in Jupiter, Florida, said in an interview with talk show host Jimmy Fallon last week that Woods is “better” and “great” for him to be home again with his family.
Several leading players said Woods contacted them via text message during his hospital stay.
At the PGA tournament in the days after his fall, around a dozen players paid tribute to Woods by wearing his usual Sunday outfit for the finals – black pants and a red shirt.
The crash marks the most recent setback for Woods, dubbed by many as the greatest player the game has known during a career that also resulted in 82 wins on the PGA Tour.
He remains one of the most famous sports figures in the world, despite the fact that the schedule has been cut short in recent years due to nine previous surgeries.
Some of these procedures involved treating chronic back problems, although Woods also won the 2008 US Open with torn knee ligaments and two stress fractures in his left leg.
His personal life collapsed in 2009 when he was caught in several extramarital affairs. However, he returned later that year to win his 11th PGA Tour Player of the Year and return to number one in the world.
He was still at the beginning of an 11-year drought between major titles, but after four back surgeries that kept him away from golf for almost two years, he won the US Masters for the fifth time in 2019 amid highly emotional scenes in Augusta.