Tiger Woods Exits Genesis Invitational in Round Two

Golf legend Tiger Woods encounters unexpected health challenges

by Zain ul Abedin
Tiger Woods Exits Genesis Invitational in Round Two
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Golf icon Tiger Woods, an 82-time Tour champion, made a challenging exit from the Genesis Invitational, citing flu-like symptoms following a back spasm that marred his first-round performance. Woods, 48, has recently battled health issues, including a back spasm during the tournament, which significantly impacted his 2024 season debut.

The sports world closely followed Woods' return to the greens after his right ankle fusion surgery in April 2023, aimed at addressing post-traumatic arthritis stemming from a 2021 car accident. This surgery marked a significant hiatus from the sport, with Woods out of competition for almost eight months, during which he also experienced back spasms.

The Genesis Invitational, held on Thursday, witnessed Woods' struggle with his first back spasm of the tournament in its opening round. Golf Week reported that Rob McNamara, executive vice president of TGR Ventures, detailed Woods' ordeal, stating that Woods began exhibiting flu-like symptoms on Thursday evening, which intensified by Friday morning.

McNamara explained, "He had a bit of a fever and felt slightly better during warm-up, but his condition worsened once he began playing, leading to dizziness." Medical professionals suspect a flu, compounded by dehydration, prompting treatment with an IV bag.

Woods Faces Setback

In a precautionary measure, emergency services were on standby near the golf clubhouse. Woods' decision to withdraw echoes his recent absence from the 2023 majors, following his long-awaited comeback on Thursday.

However, his return was overshadowed by back spasms, particularly after an 8-iron shot on the 18th fairway. Woods, speaking to ESPN, described the incident: "My back was spasming in the last few holes, and it locked up. I tried to play through, but my body didn't cooperate." Despite this setback, Woods completed his third shot onto the green, concluding the day tied for 49th, eight shots behind leader Patrick Cantlay.

Reflecting on his performance, Woods commented on the challenges he faced, including adapting to the fast greens and managing his sore right ankle and leg. He recognized the need for better preparation and ongoing rehab, saying, "I'm rusty and need to be more diligent with my home training and rehab. It's a learning curve after being away from the sport."