Tiger Woods Withdraws from Riviera with Flu Symptoms; 2024 Debut Lasts Only 24 Hole

LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour was short-lived as he withdrew from the Genesis Invitational on Friday after just 24 holes due to flu-like symptoms and dehydration. The golf legend, who was making his first official TOUR start since last year's Masters, experienced a setback when he hit his tee shot on the seventh hole at Riviera.

Rob McNamara, vice president of TGR Ventures, revealed that Woods began feeling flu symptoms on Thursday night, which worsened upon waking up. Despite initially feeling better during warm-up, Woods started to feel dizzy while walking and playing. He was treated with IV fluids for dehydration and flu symptoms, with medical staff confirming a potential flu diagnosis.

Woods, who was 1-over par for the round and 2-over for the tournament, showed signs of fatigue and discomfort on the course, prompting his withdrawal. Fellow player Gary Woodland noted that Woods appeared visibly unwell and quieter than usual during their round.

Emergency personnel were called to Riviera, with an ambulance and fire trucks seen outside the clubhouse. However, Woods left the course about two hours after his withdrawal, sitting in the front seat of a red SUV.

The Genesis Invitational marked Woods' first official TOUR start since undergoing ankle surgery after last year's Masters. His comeback was eagerly anticipated by fans and the golfing community, but illness has cut his return short once again.

Despite the setback, Woods' representatives have confirmed that his condition is improving, and he is expected to be released soon. His participation in future tournaments and his role as tournament host for the Genesis Invitational's conclusion remain uncertain.

Woods' ongoing health issues have limited his appearances on the PGA Tour in recent years, with injuries and surgeries affecting his ability to compete consistently. His latest setback adds to the challenges faced by the golfing icon as he continues his comeback journey.