Tiger Woods handed Justin Thomas a tampon after outdriving his taking part in companion in an obvious prank that some on social media are saying has sexist overtones.
Thomas instantly discarded the tampon earlier than the 2 males laughed and hugged as they walked off the tee on the ninth gap on the Genesis Invitational on Thursday.
Woods’ causes for handing Thomas a tampon are at present unclear.
CNN reached out to Excel Sports activities Administration, which represents each gamers, for remark however didn’t obtain a response at time of publication.
“See, it’s humorous as a result of female hygiene merchandise are INHERENTLY emasculating, so when a person makes one other man contact a tampon, he’s saying ‘I’m an even bigger and higher man than you, as a result of, GROSS, I made you contact a wrapped Tampax!’” lawyer Ann Olivarius tweeted.
“If tiger spent three months a 12 months bleeding and dealing with interval ache, they’d make a whole-ass documentary about how champions overcome insurmountable obstacles,” Alex McDaniel, Managing Editor of USA In the present day’s For The Win, tweeted.
After struggling critical leg accidents in a automobile accident two years in the past, Woods has made sporadic aggressive appearances as he battles with a grueling restoration course of.
Taking part in on the Genesis Invitational this week marks his first official event begin since The Open Championship in July final 12 months and his first non-major PGA Tour occasion because the ZOZO Championship in October 2020.
He completed his first spherical with a two-under par 69, with birdies on his ultimate three holes, to finish the day 5 pictures behind event leaders Max Homa and Keith Mitchell.
The 47-year-old performed alongside Rory McIlroy in addition to Thomas, and the trio of main winners start their second spherical at 10:24 ET on Friday.
“It was good that I had this unbelievable pairing, two nice guys, two nice pals,” Woods mentioned in a press convention afterwards.
“It was an awesome spherical. The ebb and movement of needling one another, encouraging one another and telling tales. As a result of I hadn’t been out right here so I’ve missed among the issues which have transpired on Tour, which is type of enjoyable.”