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Tiger Woods would love to RETIRE from golf but must play on to support his brand – including new ‘Sun Day Red’ clothing line – after 47-year-old was carted off the course at his long-awaited PGA Tour return


Tiger Woods wants to retire from golf but the icon must continue to play and make appearances to support his brand and new ‘Sun Day Red’ clothing line.

Woods returned to the PGA Tour this week and lasted only 24 holes, withdrawing from the Genesis Invitational on Friday with flu-like symptoms and dehydration after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole at Riviera.

He was one-over par for the round – two over for the tournament – and projected just outside the cut when he asked for a cart and was driven off the course by a rules official. He had been walking slowly and looked drained of energy playing the front nine.

Woods had not played an official event since the Masters last April, withdrawing in the middle of the rain-delayed third round. He played the unofficial Hero World Challenge in December against a 20-man field with no cut, and the 36-hole PNC Championship with his son, Charlie.

Woods now has played six official tournaments since returning from a February 2021 car crash in Los Angeles that shattered bones in his right leg. He has pulled out of three of them – the 2022 PGA Championship after 54 holes, the 2023 Masters when he didn´t return Sunday morning to complete the third round.

Tiger Woods wants to retire from golf but the icon must continue to play to support his brand

Tiger Woods wants to retire from golf but the icon must continue to play to support his brand

Woods withdrew from Genesis Invitational on Friday with flu-like symptoms and dehydration

Woods withdrew from Genesis Invitational on Friday with flu-like symptoms and dehydration

Woods had said he hoped to play one tournament a month through the major season. He had said Thursday he was experiencing back spasms, which led to his shank on the final hole when he started the tournament with a 72.

Along with playing, Woods is the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational that is run by his TGR foundation.

His week in Los Angeles began with plenty of hype – the launch of his new apparel line with TaylorMade Golf and his first PGA Tour start of the year.

But a source has told DailyMail.com that Woods wants to walk away from golf but continues to play and make appearances to support his brand.

They said: ‘If Tiger could retire, he would. 

‘His body is beat up but, for his brand, he still has to make and keep appearances and make a go at it. 

‘After his car accident, he thought that was it. There was almost an amputation in play, so to be back even at all is sort of a miracle.

‘Now with this recent illness that had him bow out of the latest tournament, that is unfortunate, but he will be back because he has to support his new brand Sun Day Red, and everything else in his world. 

‘He’ll be back even though he would love nothing more than to retire.’

Woods launched his new 'Sun Day Red' apparel line with TaylorMade Golf in LA this week

Woods launched his new ‘Sun Day Red’ apparel line with TaylorMade Golf in LA this week

Woods left Riviera about two hours after he withdrew, sitting in the front seat of a red SUV as it departed.

Rob McNamara, his longtime associate and vice president of TGR Ventures, said Woods felt flu symptoms Thursday night that worsened when he woke up.

‘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,’ McNamara told a PGA Tour official.

‘Ultimately, the doctors are saying he’s got 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.’

‘He obviously wasn’t himself, just didn’t look right. Saw that before the round started,’ said Gary Woodland, who played in the same group with Woods along with Justin Thomas. 

‘Obviously, everything’s better with him there and for him for his first tournament back and he couldn´t come out and finish the way he wanted to, that sucks for all of us.’

Woodland said he noticed Woods being quieter than normal, though they all were trying to make sure they were among the top 50 to make the cut.

‘I feel bad for him. He wasn’t right,’ Woodland said. ‘He definitely was trying to fight through it and I hope he’s all right.’



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