Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Genesis Invitational

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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from The Genesis Invitational in Friday. He was +1 through six holes for the day after making a seven-foot putt for par on the sixth hole and +2 for the tournament overall, tied for 56th when he left the course.

Woods hit a fairway metal off the seventh tee 272 yards to the left fairway and was 142 yards away from the hole. After his tee shot, cameras on Golf Channel next showed Tiger Woods being driven away from the fairway in a golf cart.

With the cut being the top 50 players and ties along with all players within 10 shots of the lead (-9 as of 4:45 p.m. ET when he departed), Woods still had a chance to make the cut. SuperBook offered pre-tournament odds for Woods to make the cut at -140 and to miss the cut at +120. They also had Woods' finishing position over/under set at 45.5.

Mark Dusbabek of the PGA Tour said on Golf Channel that Woods’ withdrawal is due to illness and not a back injury. Woods complained of back spasms after he shanked a shot on the 18th hole in Round 1 of the tournament, but gave it a shot in the second round despite his issues on Thursday.

Per Tiger's manager Rob McNamara, Tiger was experiencing flu-like symptoms last night and withdrew this afternoon after feeling dizzy on the course. He also said that Tiger is feeling much better after receiving an IV at the Riviera clubhouse. While there was an ambulance outside of the clubhouse this afternoon, Woods was not seen entering the vehicle.

Statement from Tiger’s team. Tiger walked out of the locker room and got into his car to leave the grounds here at Riv. https://t.co/v7v8bM2JWrpic.twitter.com/9yhxHoQiDy

— Kira K. Dixon (@KiraDixon) February 16, 2024

Since Woods’ infamous car accident in February 2021, he has made six official starts on the PGA Tour and has withdrawn three times. He has two made cuts in that span — a 47th at the 2022 Masters Tournament and a T45 at the 2023 Genesis Invitational — along with a missed cut in 2022 at The Open Championship.

Roberto Arguello contributed to this story.

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