Tiger Woods certainly enjoyed his return to the PGA Tour, but a prank he played on Justin Thomas has drawn a somewhat mixed reaction on social media, to say the least.
Woods played alongside his two great friends, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas – with plenty of banter and jibes throughout the round.
A controversial moment came on the ninth hole, however, when Woods hit his drive further than Thomas and jokingly shoved a tampon into Thomas’ hand as they walked off the tee.
Now, why Woods returned to the PGA Tour and considered including such a product in his golf bag is another matter, but there was an apparent jibe over Thomas’ inability to take it as far as the 47-year-old hit.
Tiger Woods had a gift for Justin Thomas after passing him in number ninth. (via @GettyImages) pic.twitter.com/HXZEQSAhEUFebruary 17, 2023
Woods averaged 16 yards further from the tee than Thomas and even hit it further than McIlroy on four holes with drives of 338, 331, 323 and 317 yards, all surprisingly long for the 15-time major champion, who so was long removed from competitive action.
That prank on the ninth was followed by Woods and Thomas laughing and joking as they left the tee, and it garnered plenty of social media reactions from those who found it funny and others who didn’t find it so much.
Social media regular Paige Spiranac thought it was funny and would love to see Tiger do something similar to Phil Mickelson in a PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf Ryder Cup.
She added: “If anyone tries to cancel Tiger because of this, we will riot. It’s funny.”
Which led to a response from Eddie Pepperell: “Maybe Justin asked about that. After all, men can have periods.”
I need a LIV vs. PGA Tour Ryder Cup type event just for Tiger to give Phil a tampon after riding it on February 17th, 2023
If someone tries to fire Tiger because of this, we’ll riot. It’s funny https://t.co/rRXdu9iQiz February 17, 2023
DP World Tour player Mike Lorenzo-Vera also found the incident funny, while some questioned why Woods even thought of carrying a tampon in his golf bag just in case, while others felt the joke was off the mark.
C’est un genius !!!!😍😍😍😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/TTGaoJDzBSFebruary 17, 2023
I really can’t get over the idea of Tiger Woods preparing for his first non-big start since 2020 at a tournament he’s hosting, saying: ‘Oops, almost forgot to pack a tampon to give to JT, when I smashed it past him” https://t.co/JIbHYBT3IY17. February 2023
At a time when women’s golf is rising to ever higher levels, I don’t think the “gift” Tiger JT gave is helping the image of golf. Is it supposed to be funny because women supposedly can’t hit a ball? These players could comment on this: pic.twitter.com/4vlNrYkwh217. February 2023
I have a hard time believing this is real 💀 but also, where on earth did Tiger get that old Tampax tampon. They don’t look like that anymore. 😂 https://t.co/XW2A0eedM8 February 17, 2023