Tiger Woods Apologizes After Tampon Prank Backlash

The American has responded after the incident with Justin Thomas at the Genesis Invitational went viral

Tiger Woods looks on during the second round of the 2023 Genesis Invitational
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Tiger Woods has apologized for the tampon prank he played on Justin Thomas during the first round of the 2023 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.

The incident, which occurred on the 9th hole after Woods outdrove Thomas by 10 yards, has caused a flurry of social media reaction, with some describing it as "crass" while others saw the funny side.

Woods responded following a second-round 74 in which he put himself in danger of missing the cut on his latest return to competitive action, insisting it was a joke between friends and that no offence was intended.

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"It was supposed to be all fun and games and obviously it hasn't turned out that way," Woods said. "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."

The sombre tone created by this stunt was in stark contrast to the mood late on Thursday evening when Woods finished with three consecutive birdies to post a two-under 69 and spark wild celebrations on Riviera's iconic closing stretch.

However, he was unable to back up his fine day one display and put himself in danger of missing the weekend following three bogeys in his final four holes of round two that dropped him to one-over for the tournament at the halfway mark.

"I did not putt well today, I blocked a lot of putts early and this is probably the highest score I could have shot today" he added. "Probably should have shot probably five or six better than this easily. 

"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."

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x