Reporter Kim Do-yong = ‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) participated in an official tournament after 7 months and received strong criticism for playing with sanitary pads unnecessarily.
Woods played the second round of the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of $20 million) held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71, 7287 yards) in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles, California on the 18th (hereinafter Korean time). After hitting, he lowered his head.
Woods apologized because of his unnecessary behavior the day before.
On the 17th, Woods handed a sanitary pad to his “best friend” Justin Thomas (USA), whom he played with at the 9th hole of the first round. It was an act intended to tease his friend after his own tee shot flew farther than Thomas’. Thomas laughed out loud.
After this scene was captured on a relay camera, it spread widely through social network services (SNS), causing controversy. Some critics pointed to Woods’ actions as “disparaging Thomas for ‘playing like a girl’.”
Sky Sports’ Sarah Stuck criticized Woods, saying, “It’s a very stupid move. It’s really disappointing.” USA Today columnist Christine Brennan pointed out Woods’ prank, saying, “This was something Woods, who has a 15-year-old daughter, shouldn’t have done.” 먹튀검증
In response to his criticism, Woods apologized, saying, “It was a prank with no bad intentions,” and “I’m sorry if I hurt someone unintentionally.”
Meanwhile, Woods, who played in an official match after 7 months, scored a 1-over par 143 in the middle of the second round and tied for 60th place, making it impossible to guarantee passing the cut. The second round of the tournament was interrupted by sunset, so 14 players could not finish the match.