Tiger Woods offers…an opponent cushion as sexist joke sparks controversy

Tiger Woods sparked controversy when he returned to the green in the first round of the Genesis Invitational. To taunt him, the former world No. 1 handed a tampon to his rival and friend Justin Thomas on the ninth hole. Shockingly childish and sexist behaviour.

Another downturn in Tiger Woods’ career. The 47-year-old American golfer, who returned to the course seven months after his last official tournament, made a completely unnecessary joke at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles on Thursday.

If the former world No. 1 completes his first round with three birdies on the final three holes, putting him at two under par, Woods will also be on course for the tournament. The wrong way proved itself. He sponsors. After beating his rival and good friend Justin Thomas on the first shot on the ninth hole, the American with 15 major championships slipped into his hands … a tampon in a package. As if to spoof him.

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The pair were widely panned on social media after they were seen laughing after joking as the pair headed to a second shoot. But also live on American TV. Presenter Sarah Stick and former golfer Sophie Walker called the incident by the champion “rude” and “disappointing” on Sky Sports News.

“It’s a man’s behavior, a man’s behavior, and Stirk regrets it. To pass this stamp is to say to him: ‘I’m over you,’ ‘You hit like a woman'” To me, it means women Not as good as a man. (…) Women should not be portrayed as inferior to men, in any field, certainly in sports. Got it with the host: “What disappoints me the most is that it wasn’t an impromptu gesture, it was premeditated because I’m sure it’s normal that he didn’t put his tampon on in time”.

Tiger Woods last played at the St. Andrews Open in July. The golf superstar had a 69 and was ranked 27th, five strokes behind fellow Americans Max Homa and Keith Mitchell (64, -7).

Romain Davao RMC Sports Reporter

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