Tiger Woods moved by ‘touching’ tribute as golf stars wear red and black at the WGC-Workday Championship

George Flood
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<p>Tiger tribute: Rory McIlroy was among the golfers to show their support for Woods</p> (Getty Images)

Tiger tribute: Rory McIlroy was among the golfers to show their support for Woods

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Tiger Woods says he is deeply touched by the tribute paid to him by fellow golfers during the WGC-Workday Championship on Sunday.

Several PGA Tour stars including Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau wore red mock-neck shirts with black Nike hats and black trousers - Woods’ signature look - during the final day of the tournament at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Florida to show their support for the 15-time Major winner following his recent car accident.

Woods suffered serious, career-threatening leg injuries - including multiple open fractures - and underwent lengthy surgery last week after a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles.

Police said the 45-year-old was “very fortunate” to survive the incident, commenting that the interior of the car remaining intact had likely saved his life.

Woods - who was already recuperating after undergoing a fifth back surgery earlier this year - faces a long road to recovery and it remains to be seen what the future holds in terms of his illustrious golf career.

For now one of the world’s most renowned and recognisable sportsmen is undergoing “continuing orthopedic care and recovery” having been transferred from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday.

Taking to social media on Sunday night, Woods said he was moved by the show of support from his fellow players - many of whom cite him as their hero and inspiration - and friends at the WGC-Workday Championship.

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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,” Woods said.

“To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”

Collin Morikawa claimed victory in Florida on Sunday, holding off Viktor Hovland to follow up his PGA Championship success in San Francisco last August, and afterwards paid thanks to childhood idol Woods.

“Tiger means everything to me,” Morikawa told the Golf Channel. “Yes he had the crash and thankfully he’s all right and hopefully he has a quick and great recovery, but I don’t think we say thank you enough so I want to say thank you to Tiger.

“Sometimes you lose people too early, I lost my grandpa about a month ago and you don’t get to say thank you enough.”

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