Tiger Woods' prank draws wide range of reaction from social media

February 17, 2023

Michael Owens

Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour, highlighted by a lights-out finish to his first round at the Genesis Invitational, captivated the sports world on Thursday. However, a prank that Woods played on Justin Thomas became the story a day later.

Following a tee shot late in the day, cameras caught Woods slipping Thomas a tampon in an apparent nod to Woods outdriving the reigning PGA champion.

Photos and videos of Woods’ exchange went viral, with responses spanning the emotional spectrum.

Some saw the gesture as an innocuous prank:

Conversely, others believed the exchange was sophomoric and sexist:

There was also a contingent that was outraged by the outrage:

Following his second-round 74, Woods apologized for the gesture. “If I offended anyone that was not the case," he said. "It was just friends having fun. If I offended anyone, I’m sorry.”