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Flu forces Tiger Woods to withdraw

Tiger Woods's bid for a third consecutive victory this year ended on Saturday when he pulled out of the Nissan Open because of flu.

The world number one, who narrowly made the tournament's halfway cut, pulled out before he was scheduled to tee off in the third round at Riviera Country Club with fellow American J.B. Holmes and Australia's Geoff Ogilvy.

"Everyone saw how Tiger felt this week struggling with the flu and he just can't shake it," Woods's manager Mark Steinberg said in a statement.

"He feels awful. This is an event he loves to play in and strives to win.

"Tiger doesn't want to pull out of any event ever, much less the Nissan Open in his hometown."

It is the first time Woods has pulled out of an event for medical reasons since turning professional in 1996.

As an amateur, he withdrew from the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills because of a wrist injury after scores of 74 and 85.

Woods, who was born in nearby Cypress, fought flu on his way to an opening two-under-par 69 at Riviera before battling rain and the chills for a 74 in Friday's second round.

He had qualified for the weekend right on the cutline of one-over 143, 11 strokes behind tournament leader Rory Sabbatini of South Africa.

"I'm pretty cold right now," Woods said after his second round, having been caught without an umbrella when a rainstorm blew across the course midway through the afternoon.

"It was a little wet and a little cold coming in. It was just brutal."

Woods, who won his first two tournaments of the year via playoffs, had been bidding to end a victory drought in the only PGA Tour event he has played on a regular basis without success.

The 10-times major winner has finished second twice and in the top 10 four times in 11 Nissan starts.

 




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