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Tiger Woods has spoken for the first time since the car accident that almost killed him after several of his fellow pros paid a touching tribute on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam were amongst the players to wear Woods’ trademark red and black colour combination in the final round of their respective tournaments on Sunday in a show of solidarity with the stricken 15-time major champion. 

On Sunday night, Woods tweeted his gratitude.

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“It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts,” wrote the 45-year-old. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”

Woods required emergency surgery on his right leg and ankle after the early morning crash near Los Angeles last Tuesday.

The former world No.1 had to be pulled from the wreckage of his Genesis SUV by emergency services after his car left the road and rolled multiple times.

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One of the first responders who attended to Woods said that he was lucky to survive the smash on what is a notorious accident black-spot.

An update from Woods’ camp on Friday evening revealed that he has been transferred to a new hospital to continue his recovery. Local law enforcement officials have also confirmed he will face no criminal charges over the accident.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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