- Woods appeared to be visibly struggling and was retired on the 7th hole.
- He had teed off on the seventh before leaving the course and retiring
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Tiger Woods’ week at Riviera Country Club came to a sudden end when he withdrew from the second round of the Genesis Invitational due to illness.
Woods began the day hovering around the cut line after shooting a one-over-par round of 72 yesterday, marked by a hard drive on the 18th hole at Riviera Country Club, which the 48-year-old attributed to a back spasm.
But after playing six holes and teeing off on the seventh, Woods was seen driving away from the hole in a golf cart.
The PGA Tour later confirmed that the 15-time major champion was suffering from an illness and was withdrawing. Sky Sports also reported that Jordan Spieth was not feeling well.
It was initially believed that Woods would leave Riviera in an ambulance, although a paramedic He later reportedly refused that that was the case.
Woods was sitting just above the cut line with two-over par and had more than enough time to try to work his way through the field for Saturday and Sunday.
It’s an unfortunate ending for Tiger Woods at the Genesis as he retires due to illness.
Woods teed off and began the day hoping to make the cut at the event he hosts.
It was set to be a special day for Woods as he looked to make his first cut since The Masters last April. He ended up quitting that event midway through the third round when he developed back problems.
Woods decided to pay tribute to the outfit he wore in his first PGA event which he played on this very course in 1992.
After striking a deal with TaylorMade and launching his own brand, Sun Day Red, Woods showed up to the field wearing a polo with the same pattern and colors as when he was 16 and playing on a sponsor exemption.
He started off strong on Friday, making birdie on the par-5 first hole and followed it up with back-to-back pars on holes two and three.
It was a better start than yesterday, when he birdied the first but bogeyed holes two and three.
Woods began to struggle with what was initially believed to be back problems when he bogeyed the fourth and fifth holes to fall over the cut line. He seemed to be visibly suffering some kind of pain in both holes.
He made a par on the sixth hole and the cameras did not show him hitting his next tee shot.
Woods was wearing a polo with a similar pattern and color to his first PGA Tour event in 1992.
It is the continuation of a first round that ended with four bogeys on the last nine holes to remain one over
Woods appeared to be visibly uncomfortable on the fourth and fifth holes Friday afternoon.
After playing partners Gary Woodland and Justin Thomas teed off on the seventh hole, Woods jumped into the cart and drove away. Shortly afterward he officially retired.
It’s a disappointing end to a tournament that was Tiger’s first PGA Tour event since the aforementioned 2023 Masters.
He had spent a lot of time conditioning and preparing to return to Riviera, only to come to a sudden conclusion.
Woods has not been confirmed to play in any other events until the Masters in April.
However, considering the quick end to his weekend at Riviera, he could try to play in a tournament like The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in four weeks.
Since the 2021 car accident that left him with a broken leg, Woods has played in six events and only played 72 holes twice. That includes three withdrawals and one missed cut.