Paige Spiranac defends Tiger Woods after discreet 'sexist prank' on JT

Paige Spiranac has leapt to the defence of Tiger Woods after he appeared to hand a tampon to his playing partner Justin Thomas on his PGA Tour return.

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Fri, 17 Feb 2023
Paige Spiranac defends Tiger Woods after discreet 'sexist prank' on JT

Paige Spiranac has leapt to the defence of Tiger Woods after the legendary golfer found himself under fresh scrutiny. 

Woods, 47, was making his first appearance in seven months at the Genesis Invitational on the PGA Tour. 

There are more cameras on the legendary golfer than ever given that the clock is ticking on his illustrious career.  

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Most, if not all, of his loyal fans feared he would never play professional golf again after his February 2021 car crash. 

Those cameras snapped Woods forcing something into the hand of his playing partner and good friend Justin Thomas on the ninth hole at Riviera. 

Woods flexed his muscles and piped his drive past Thomas. No doubt, he wanted to try and needle the player he has described as his "little brother". 

It appeared to be a tampon and Woods has already come under a huge amount of criticism for the "embarrassingly immature sexist prank". 

Though not everyone saw it that way. Social media sensation Paige Spiranac thought it was funny. 

So much so, she called for a potential PGA Tour v LIV Golf League match so Woods could re-create the moment with his old foe Phil Mickelson

"If anyone tries to cancel Tiger over this we riot," she wrote on social media. "It's funny." 

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"I've missed some of the things that transpired on tour"

Woods has not yet spoken on the topic which is sure to be in the news over the coming days.  

Rory McIlroy was also playing alongside Woods and Thomas.

Things got off to an amusing start for McIlroy as the announcer completely butchered his name. 

The 15-time major champion carded three birdies in his final three holes to sign for an opening round of 3-under.  

Throughout the first day Woods, Thomas and McIlroy appeared to be revelling in the spotlight and constantly needling each other. 

Woods told the media:

"It was a great round. The ebb and flow of needling each other, encouraging each other and telling stories. Because I hadn't been out here so I've missed some of the things that have transpired on tour, which is kind of fun."

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