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Tiger Woods Has Made ‘Remarkable Recovery’ After Car Crash, Source Says as He’s Spotted at Course

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Tiger Woods has made a lot of progress since his single-vehicle rollover car crash in February, a source tells PEOPLE as the iconic athlete was spotted back on the golf course over the weekend.

“Tiger has made a remarkable recovery in the past few months, but it’s even more significant lately,” the source says. “It’s like every day he can do more, he can handle more, the pain is less and he’s feeling better.”

Woods, 45, “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity” in the Feb. 23 accident in Southern California, according to Anish Mahajan, MD, chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, who released a statement on Woods’ Twitter page the day after the crash.

More specifically, Mahajan said Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures,” meaning his tibia and fibula bones had shattered and broken through the skin, requiring immediate surgery, along with smaller injuries to the ankle and foot.

Woods has been doing physical therapy, the source tells PEOPLE, and has been pushing himself to work up to his body’s limits.

“He says that the pain is very manageable now,” explains the insider. “For the first couple months, he’d just be sitting at home with his leg up, and it would be throbbing and he’d be in so much pain. Now he still has pain, but it’s nothing like what he dealt with before. He’s feeling strong and healthy and optimistic that he’ll be able to return to tour.”

When he’ll be back on the PGA Tour is unclear, though — but Woods is no stranger to comebacks, winning the 2019 Masters which was his first major victory in over a decade.

“He’s got a timeframe in his head, but he’s not really putting that out there; he knows when he wants to return, and he’s going to make it happen,” says the source. “He says even if he’s not at 100%, he knows how important it is to get back out there and compete. That’s his goal.”

No matter what, Woods is in “really great spirits, feeling really good about his recovery.”

Reps for Woods did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Over the weekend, Woods was spotted on a Florida golf course, watching as his son Charlie, 12, competed in a junior tournament. His girlfriend Erica Herman appeared to be by his side.

During the February accident, Woods’ car struck a sign in the center divider, cut through a tree and landed alongside the road. According to the documents previously obtained by CNN, Woods told police following the crash that he had no recollection of driving or how the accident happened.

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In April, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that speed was the primary cause of Woods’ crash. The sheriff also said that there were “no signs of impairment,” and that Woods would receive no citations for the accident.

Earlier this year, in his first interview since the accident, Woods told Golf Digest that he was focused on being able to begin moving on his own again with the help of physical therapy.

“I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time,” he told the outlet at the time, at that point declining to answer when asked if he would be able to play golf again.

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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TIGER WOODS: WHAT IS THE LATEST AFTER HORROR CRASH KEPT HIM FROM THE RYDER CUP?

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In February the golfing world stopped and held it’s breath after news began to filter through that Woods was involved in car crash.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, was driving close to double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed, the Los Angeles County’s sheriff has said.

The 45-year-old’s car left the road at approximately 84-87mph and flipped several times. Woods then had to be “extricated” from his Genesis GV80, a luxury SUV.

There was no evidence that he had been impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, with sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary reason for the traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed.

Woods’ car came to rest several hundred feet away from where he entered the dusty area, hitting a tree in the process and rolling several times.

It was estimated that the estimated speed of the first impact on Woods’ car was 87mph, while when it hit the tree he is said to have been travelling at 75mph.

There were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods then underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Dr. Anish Mahajan said Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries”.

He suffered “commuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibule bones in the leg”.

A rod had to be inserted into the tibia, Dr Mahajan said in a statement.

Dr Mahajan added that screws and pins were also inserted in Woods’ foot and ankle.

It’s possible Woods suffered injuries we aren’t aware of that did not require immediate surgery.

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What do we know about his recovery?

It’s going well, according to snippets we’ve heard here and there.

Steve Stricker claimed before the Ryder Cup Woods was in good spirits and said: “Things are moving in the right direction.”

Woods has posted pictures here and there but it still looks like he is in crutches.

He can place a little bit of weight on his right leg, however.

Woods texted the United States team to “step on their necks” as they cantered to a 19-9 Ryder Cup victory.

Most recently Woods posted images of him searching for old trophies.

Even the most optomistic doctor would suggest that after Woods’ crash it would take months for him to recover to play golf – let alone competitive golf.

Woods told GolfDigest’s Daniel Rapaport in May that his rehab was, “more painful than anything I have ever experienced”.

Clearly Woods was asked if he hoped to play golf again, but Woods declined to answer the question.

He did tell the publication: “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

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