LOS ANGELES — Tiger WoodsFridays apology was a sincere one. He said that he didn’t mean to offend anyone with what he called an innocent prank during the initial round of the contest. Genesis InvitationalThursday
After Woods tee shot went 20 yards past Justin ThomasWoods secretly passed a tampon from Thomas right hand to Thomas as they walked down 9th hole at the Riviera Country club. Thomas immediately dropped the ball to the ground and Woods wrapped his arm around Thomas as they laughed.
Woods stated that it was supposed be fun and games, but it hasn’t worked out that way. It was not me offending anyone. It was just friends having fun.
Woods claimed that Thomas, his close friend and a good friend, plays practical jokes on him during rounds. Woodss actions on Thursday were criticized by some. Some critics called them sexist.
Woods stated, As I stated, if anyone offended in any way shape or form, its my fault, . It was not meant to be that way. It was just that we play pranks upon one another all of the time. Although virally, I dont think this came across that way. But between us, it was — it was different.
Woods, 47 years old, was playing in his first official PGA Tour event for nearly seven months. He shot a round-trip score of 74 in the second round. Woods had a 36-hole total score of 1 over and was at risk of missing the cut in a tournament that he hosts but has never won.