Golf: Flu kills Tiger

Henry

The spotlight was supposed to shine brightly on Tiger Woods in the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in California, but then it was dimmed by the flu.

Woods, who is only playing in a few tournaments this year after his serious car accident three years ago and subsequent ankle and foot operations, scored 72 shots in the first round of this tournament in the American PGA Series.

He could only progress to the seventh hole in the second round before calling it quits after feeling very drunk.

Woods took a golf cart back to the clubhouse where he received medical treatment and had to withdraw. Woods was two shots over par at that stage and in all likelihood would not be able to qualify for the final two rounds.

In his absence, American Patrick Cantlay surged forward to take the lead by five shots after finishing on 129 (-13).

Cantlay is followed in second position by the Australian Jason Day, Luke List (America) and the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, who all finished together on 134 shots (-8).

The South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who followed up his 69 shots in the first round with the same score in the second round, finished on 139 shots (-4) in the clubhouse and is joint 11th.

American Will Zalatoris shot 70 in the second round after losing five shots on par.

But his luck lasted when he scored a hole-in-one on the 14th hole. He and his jogger, Joel Stock, were both rewarded with luxury cars costing almost R1.2 million.

* At Fancourt in George, Frenchman David Ravetto overcame rain and wind to take the lead by one stroke after the second round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, which is part of the Sunshine Series.

Ravetto shot 66 in the second round on the Outeniqua course and finished on 134 in the clubhouse.

His score is one shot better than that of South Africa’s Louis Albertse (135, -9), with Zander Lombard and Pierre Pineau (France) beating him on 136 shots (-8).

They are followed in fifth position by Sam Hutsby of England, with South Africa’s Robin Williams and Hennie du Plessis and the Danes Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen and Hamish Brown as well as Conor Purcell of Ireland together sixth on 138 strokes (-6).

* In the European women’s series, South Africa’s Paula Reto (140 shots, -4) is joint fourth after the second round of the Saudi tournament played at the Riyadh country club.

Paphangkorn Tavatanakit of Thailand walks on 136 strokes (-8) by one stroke ahead of Manon de Roey of Belgium and Nicole Broch Estrup of Denmark (both 137 strokes, -6) with Reto fourth.

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai is joint 17th on 143 (-3) after rounds of 73 and 70 shots.

Sources: The Golf Channel and Sunshine Series