Tiger Woods on his tampon prank: "It was not intended to be that way"

Tiger Woods has apologised for offending anyone after his 'sexist' prank on Justin Thomas during the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational went viral.

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Fri, 17 Feb 2023
Tiger Woods on his tampon prank: "It was not intended to be that way"

Tiger Woods has apologised for his 'sexist prank' on Justin Thomas that went viral. 

Woods found himself facing fresh scrutiny after he was snapped handing a tampon to his good buddy Thomas. 

That came after he hit a drive past his PGA Tour rival on the ninth hole at Riviera Country Club. 

Thomas chuckled too but the incident drew a mixed reaction. Woods faced a backlash for the premeditated act. 

Woods was playing in his first event in seven months since missing the cut at The Open last July. 

He was also playing in a star-studded group alongside Rory McIlroy and drew huge crowds in California. 

Woods told the media after he carded a second round of 3-over 74 on Friday that he was sorry for offending anyone. 

He said:

"Yeah, it was supposed to be all fun and games and obviously it hasn't turned out that way.
"If I offended anybody, it was not the case, it was just friends having fun.
"As I said, if I offended anybody in any way, shape or form, I'm sorry.
"It was not intended to be that way.
"It was just we play pranks on one another all the time and virally I think this did not come across that way, but between us it was -- it's different."

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What happened in the golf? 

Woods started his second round alongside McIlroy and Thomas on the back nine and had two early looks for birdie at 10 and 11. 

But he pushed both putts and from there it was a battle.

He dropped shots on 12 and 13 but quickly bounced back, almost making a hole-in-one at 14. 

Woods took advantage of the par-5 at 17 to turn in level par. He then made five consecutive pars before coming unstuck at No. 6.

His golf ball landed on the top tier of the green but then trickled back some 71 feet away. 

The 15-time major champion then putted his ball into the bunker on his way to a bogey. Woods made par at No. 7 but finished with two bogeys. 

His approach at No. 9 found the sand and plugged. He managed to get his Bridgestone Tour B X out but it settled in the first cut.

He then lipped out for his par. 

The second round of 74 left him at 1-over par with the projected cut at even, but it was expected to move to 1-over. 

McIlroy carded a 69 to add to his opening 67 and move into good position for the weekend at the elevated event. 

Thomas found three bogeys on his back nine to fall back to 1-under for the championship. 

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