Tiger Woods, a fifteen-time Major champion, issued an apology after he handed fellow golfer Justin Thomas a tampon during the first round of the Genesis Invitational on Thursday. Following the second round at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California on Friday, Woods stated that he did not intend to offend anyone.
Yes, Tiger Woods 100% handed Justin Thomas a tampon after he outdrove him. pic.twitter.com/VJbfldyXhw— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) February 17, 2023
In addressing the incident to reporters, Woods clarified that it was meant to be all in good fun, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. He acknowledged that if anyone was offended by his actions, he was sorry. Woods explained that he and his fellow golfers often play pranks on one another, and while it may not have come across well in the public eye, it was meant to be taken in good humor between friends.
Tiger Woods apologized for his joke with Justin Thomas at Riviera pic.twitter.com/hqvMT1X5dO— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 17, 2023
“If tiger spent three months a year bleeding and coping with period pain, they’d make a whole-ass documentary about how champions overcome insurmountable obstacles,” Alex McDaniel, managing editor of USA Today’s For The Win, tweeted on Friday morning.
Woods is in danger of missing the cut at the tournament, after finishing his second round at one-over-par. The projected cut line is currently even-par, according to pgatour.com, but ESPN’s broadcast said the cut line is expected to move to one-over as the afternoon progresses.
Woods criticized his play on Friday, saying “this was the highest score I could have shot today.”
After suffering serious leg injuries in a car accident two years ago, Woods has made sporadic competitive appearances as he battles with a grueling recovery process.
Playing at the Genesis Invitational this week marks his first official tournament start since The Open Championship in July and his first non-major PGA Tour event since the ZOZO Championship in October 2020.
He finished his first round with a two-under par 69, with birdies on his final three holes, to end the day five shots behind tournament leaders Max Homa and Keith Mitchell.
“Probably should have shot probably five or six better than this easily,” Woods said. “Just didn’t make the putts early and the middle part of the round when I had those opportunities. And they weren’t very hard putts, I just hit bad putts and obviously had a very bad finish, too.”
The Genesis Invitational runs through Sunday.
We must find a way to blame Trump!