‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods pranked his best friend with a sanitary pad during his comeback game. As accusations that Woods’ prank insulted a woman grew, Woods apologized the next day.
According to CNN, on the 17th (local time), Woods slipped a tampon-type sanitary pad to his companion, Justin Thomas, at the 9th hole in the first round of the Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour.
When Woods’ shot flew farther than Thomas, Woods prepared to make fun of Thomas. Thomas smiled when he received the tampon. Woods and Thomas are known for being close to each other.
However, when this image of Woods was shared on social media, controversy arose.
Sky Sports host Sarah Stuck, who saw Woods’ appearance, commented that it was “very stupid” and “really disappointing.”
USA Today columnist Christine Brennan pointed out, “He teased Thomas by saying, ‘You hit like a girl,’ which he shouldn’t do as a father of a 15-year-old daughter.”
Lawyer and writer Julie Decaro said, “Men find this kind of prank fun, but it insults women.”
Some netizens, who are presumed to have golf as a hobby, responded, “It was to make fun of each other when playing golf” and “I also played it when playing golf with a friend”, but the controversy continued to grow.
After finishing the second round on the 18th, Woods said, “It was a joke. It was not a bad intention,” he apologized, saying, “I’m sorry if I hurt others in any way.”
“We always joke with each other. I don’t think it was communicated that way to people, but it’s different between us.”
In the first round of the tournament on the 17th, Woods made 5 birdies and 3 bogeys and scored a 2 under par 69. Woods tied for 27th place by 5 strokes with the lead group. In the second round held the next day, he shot a 74 for an interim total of 1 over par 143. 안전놀이터
On the PGA Tour, the top 65 players (including ties) advance to the finals. With Woods’ performance, it is evaluated that advancing to the finals is on the verge. Depending on the performance of his remaining players, it seems that his advance to the finals will be decided.