Tiger Vomits On Course – Video : Tiger Woods heaves on golf course, still makes birdie

Updated: December 8, 2014
Tiger Vomits On Course - Video : Tiger battles fever, vomits on course

Tiger vomits on course at Hero World Challenge, Woods actually birdied the first hole at his charity tournament — the Hero World Challenge — but not after the polarizing golfer lost his lunch. Or, perhaps more appropriate for the morning tee time, lost his breakfast.

Tiger Woods, his comeback from injury quickly descending into nightmare territory, was struggling. The only comfort — he wasn’t alone. By day’s end, Australian Open champion Jordan ­Spieth had given the entire field a sickly feel as he continued his recent rampage with another blistering round at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Spieth, fresh from winning the Stonehaven Cup, matched his closing round at The Australian Golf Club, a birdie-ladened 63 which enabled him to take a seven-shot lead into the final round of the Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

Over his past four rounds, including his final 18 holes at the Open, Spieth has fired 31 birdies. Dare we say it? It was Woods-like.

While Spieth was on a roll, the man himself was in all sorts of trouble. He took a fever into the second round but returned yesterday in a worse state. No one would have blamed Woods had he withdrawn. The only problem is he is host of the tournament and it benefits his foundation.

So Woods ploughed on. Despite his obvious issues, he managed to produce his best round of the tournament while at the same time losing ground on Spieth, a three-under-par 69.

“Well, it wasn’t easy and I fought hard,” Woods said.

“That’s about all I had. I like to compete. If I can go, I can go. I’ll give it everything I have. This is different. I wasn’t in pain, just a ­little bit under the weather.

“I wasn’t doing too good at the beginning but I thought I could hang in there. If this fever just broke I thought I would be all right. It finally broke on the front nine.”

Woods revealed he was on antibiotics and when asked whether he had a diagnosis, he replied: “No, sick. Yesterday’s fever was higher but today the nausea and the vomiting before and during the round, I didn’t have that issue yesterday.

“I hope it’ll be gone soon. As the round built on I was starting to feel better and started hitting the ball around my normal numbers.”

Spieth returned to the course early yesterday to finish his second round and the extra holes agreed with him as he extended his lead over the field, including Australian Jason Day.

Day’s round was highlighted when he chipped in for eagle at the par-four 16th. Even that failed to make an impression on Spieth, who stands on the cusp of winning successive tournaments.

The American, who is likely to move into the world’s top 10 with a win, highlighted his round by sinking a monster putt at the last.

“It would mean a lot,” Spieth said. “This tournament consists of whatever it is, 18 of the top 30 in the world. This is a world-class field by every definition. These are the guys that win major championships.

“Almost everybody in this tournament has won one. I would say more than half. It would mean a lot to me going into the off-season.

“It would give me a lot of confidence going forward, looking to 2015 to be a year that is an improvement on 2014, which is the ultimate goal.”

As good as he was, noted television commentator Roger Maltbie questioned whether Spieth had the ability to become a dominant player. Maltbie suggested Spieth’s lack of power would ultimately cost him.

“I’m doing some things great this week and trying to limit the weaknesses,” Spieth said.

“I certainly don’t hit the long ball, and there are better ball-strikers and better wedge players. But if I can keep everything towards the top and my putting strong, then I’ll give myself a lot of chances to win.”