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Rory McIlroy: 'Tiger Woods doing better in recovery'

Tiger Woods underwent surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle.

Rory McIlroy has revealed that Tiger Woods is "doing better" – and also dishing out criticism – as he recovers in hospital from serious leg injuries suffered in a car accident.

Woods underwent surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles on February 23.

"I've spoken to him a little bit," McIlroy said in an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

"He's doing better. I think all the guys have reached out to him and hopefully if things go well over the next week or so he might be able to get home and start to recover at home, which would be great for him, see his kids, see his family.

"He's doing better and just I think all of us are wishing him a speedy recovery at this point."

McIlroy was among the players who Woods thanked for the "touching" gesture of wearing his signature red and black for the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship, five days after the 45-year-old's accident.

But McIlroy also revealed that Woods has not been afraid to give his thoughts on the Northern Irishman's recent form, including a final round of 76 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"He text me some words of encouragement before the final round of Bay Hill on Sunday and things didn't quite go to plan and he was the first one to text me and be like 'What's going on here?'" McIlroy added.

"So even from the hospital bed he's still giving me some heat."

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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