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Tiger Woods thanks fellow golfers for red shirt tribute: You are truly helping me get through this

15-time major champion Tiger Woods, who is recovering in hospital after surgeries for serious leg injury in a car accident, thanked fellow golfers who had returned to the course on Sunday wearing his signature colors of red and black.

"It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time," he tweeted from his hospital bed.

Golfers at the World Golf Championships Workday Championship in Bradenton, Florida - and quite a few at the LPGA Tour event in Orlando, as well - took the course for their final rounds wearing Woods's signature Sunday colors.

The PGA Tour tweeted a picture of the maintenance staff at its Puerto Rico Open on Sunday all turned out in red and black.

We are rooting for Tiger, says Rory Mcllroy.

"I guess for us it's just a gesture to let him know that we're thinking about him and we're rooting for him," former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy said. "Obviously things are looking a little better today than they were on Tuesday, but he's still got aways to go.

"He's got a huge recovery ahead of him. But I think (it's) just for everyone to show their appreciation for what he means to us out here.

"If there was no Tiger Woods, I just think the tour and the game of golf, in general, would be in a worse place.

"He's meant a lot to us, he still does mean a lot to us and I think that was just a little way to show that."

McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, and Tony Finau at the WGC and Phil Mickelson at a PGA Tour Champions event were some of the players who turned out wearing Woods's signature color combo.

The 45-year-old was driving alone on Tuesday morning when he suffered injuries to both his legs as his car flew off the road and flipped several times. Law enforcement officials who found the US golf legend said that he was "very fortunate" to survive the fatal crash.

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