Tiger Woods is back home in Florida to continue his recovery from career-threatening leg injuries sustained when his SUV pulled off a street and drove down a hill in the Los Angeles suburbs last month.
“I’m happy to announce that I’m back home and I’ve continued to recover,” said Woods in a tweet posted Tuesday night. “I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received over the past few weeks.”
Woods was injured on the Riviera on February 23, two days after the Genesis Invitational. Just after 7 a.m., he was on his way to a TV shoot for GolfTV when his SUV hit a mean, rolled over, and landed near a steep road known for wrecks. It had to be pulled out through the windshield.
He had lengthy surgery that day at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for broken tibia and fibula bones in multiple places on his right lower leg. These were stabilized with a rod in his tibia. Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins.
He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up care.
Woods thanked the medical staff at both hospitals for their care.
“I’ll have a rest at home and work to get stronger every day,” Woods said in the statement.
About a dozen players at the Workday Championship in Florida wore black pants and red shirts in the finals – the Sunday colors of Woods for his record-breaking 82 PGA Tour wins.
Woods has kept in touch via text messages, sending them to Bryson DeChambeau before his Bay Hill win and one of his closest golf friends, Justin Thomas, before his Sunday Players Championship.
Rory McIlroy suggested in an interview with Jimmy Fallon that Woods could return to Florida.
“He’s doing better,” said McIlroy. “I think all the boys turned to him.” Hopefully if things go well for the next week or so he can come home and start recovering at home, which would be great for him. See his children, see his family.
“ But yes, he’s doing better. And I think we all wish him a speedy recovery at this point.
McIlroy and Thomas are among those who live near Woods in Jupiter, Florida.