Tiger Woods withdraws mid-round during second round of PGA Tour comeback at Genesis Invitational

Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational halfway through the second round due to illness.

Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour comeback ended in another withdrawal after the 15-time major champion pulled out mid-round at the Genesis Invitational.

He withdrew to illness that he later revealed to be influenza.

 

“I would like to confirm that I had to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational due to illness, which we now know is influenza,” Woods stated on social media.

Woods hit an incredible shank shot on his approach to the 18th hole as he bogeyed the last to finish on one-over-par at the first round of the Genesis Invitational

“I am resting and feeling better. Good luck to the players this weekend. I’m disappointed to not be there and want to thank Genesis USA and all the fans for the support.”

The tournament host was making his first appearance of 2024 and just his seventh at an official PGA Tour event since The Masters in November 2020, with Woods playing a limited schedule due to injuries in recent seasons.

Woods mixed five birdies during six bogeys during an eventful opening-round 72 at Riviera Country Club, keeping him within eight strokes of early leader Patrick Cantlay, where he made a shank on the fairway during his final hole and struggled with back spasms over his closing holes.

The 48-year-old birdied the opening round of his second round as he looked to battle through to the weekend but slipped below the cut mark with back-to-back bogeys from the fourth hole, then made a two-putt par at the sixth hole and hit his tee shot onto the seventh fairway before calling an early end to his round.

The former world No 1 had his head in his hands as he was taken from the course on a buggy

Rob McNamara, Woods’ long-time business partner and vice president of TGR Ventures, revealed that the 15-time major champion required an IV after getting dizzy and feeling unwell prior to him calling time on his round.

“So he started feeling some flu-like symptoms last night,” McNamara told reporters. “Woke up this morning, they were worse than the night previous. He had a little bit of a fever and that was better during the warm-up but then when he got out there, and was walking and playing, he started feeling dizzy.

“Ultimately the doctors are saying he’s got some – potentially some type of flu and that he was dehydrated. He’s been treated with an IV bag and he’s doing much, much better.

“Not physical at all, his back’s fine. It was all medical illness, dehydration. Now the symptoms are reversing themselves now that he’s had an IV.”

Woods reflected on his first round at the Genesis Invitational and revealed he had a back spasm during his shanked approach on the last hole of the day

Woods did not speak to the media after his withdrawal and was seen walking out of the clubhouse a couple of hours later, where he was driven away from the course before the second round had been completed.

 

Dame Laura Davies saw enough to believe that Tiger Woods could win a tournament this year despite having to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational

“Tiger obviously knew [he was ill], but didn’t let on because great players like Tiger don’t want excuses. The fact he didn’t feel well overwhelmed him in the end, though he was playing quite nicely, hitting lots of fairways. The good thing is it’s not the back, it’s not the leg.

“When you’re struggling physically anyway, that’s just too much, even for someone like him. He doesn’t want to do long-term damage in not feeling well and making a mess of things out there because of that. Even as good as he is, you don’t want to put big numbers up.

Tiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club

“I actually think, if he had have been fit, he’d have probably made the cut; the cut was one over at the timeand he was two over when he had to withdraw.

Gideon Canice

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