Woods Withdraws From Genesis Invitational Because of Illness

Tournament host Tiger Woods withdrew because of an undisclosed illness after playing six holes in the second round of the 96th Genesis Invitational on Friday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

Woods hit his tee shot on the seventh hole and then was driven off the course in a golf cart by a tournament official.

“So he started feeling some flu-like symptoms last night,” Rob McNamara, Executive Vice President of TGR Ventures, said in a statemen. (He) woke up this morning, they were worse than the night previous. He had a little bit of a fever and 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 and he’ll be released on his own here soon.

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

Woods was playing in a PGA Tour event for the first time since withdrawing from the Masters and undergoing a second surgery on his right leg last April.

After opening the Genesis with a one-over-par 72 on Thursday, Woods birdied the first hole of the second round, but was one-over-par through six holes.

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