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Tiger Woods returns home to Florida to recuperate

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Tiger Woods faces his greatest challenge after a serious traffic incident Feb. 23 in California.

3 weeks after single-vehicle rollover crash mangled his right leg, requiring multiple surgeries, Woods leaves Los Angeles hospital

Tiger Woods has returned to his home in Jupiter, Fla., to recuperate, three weeks after a single-vehicle rollover crash in suburban Los Angeles that left his shattered right leg needing multiple surgeries and leaving his golf career in doubt.

Woods released a statement late Tuesday in which he thanked his fans and the medical staff at two L.A.-area hospitals where he was treated.

“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery,” he said in the statement on Twitter. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have 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 taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough. I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”

Early on Feb. 23, Woods was driving a loaner SUV near suburban Rancho Palos Verdes when he veered off the roadway, crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic and slammed into an embankment. He incurred a broken right leg and badly damaged ankle and foot. Upon being rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, he underwent emergency surgery to repair the comminuted open fractures to the tibia and fibula bones with a rod to stabilize the leg, plus pins and screws to rebuild his ankle and foot.

Three days later, he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he underwent follow-up procedures.

The Los Angeles County sheriff said in a news conference shortly after the crash that Woods was not subject to an investigation and called the incident “purely an accident.” However, law enforcement later subpoenaed the “black box” data recorder from the Genesis GV80 luxury SUV, a loaner from the tournament, to help reconstruct the incident.

A first responder said that Woods was “lucid” and responsive to questions in the moments before rescue personnel had to cut him out of the mangled vehicle. Later, a neighbor who said he came upon the accident scene before rescue personnel said Woods was unconscious.

Woods has not competed in an official tournament since Nov. 15, when he tied for 38th in the Masters. At the time of the crash, he had been recovering from a recent microdiscectomy procedure, his fifth back surgery. Woods had been in Los Angeles to host the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his foundation, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He remained in the L.A. area, his boyhood home, to participate in a GolfTV/Golf Digest shoot at Rolling Hills Country Club, which is where he was headed at the time of the crash.

Woods, 45, remains tied with the late Sam Snead for the most career victories on the PGA Tour, at 82. With 15 major championships, Woods trails only Jack Nicklaus’ 18.

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