Tiger Woods gives tampon to fellow golfer Justin Thomas in apparent prank

Tiger Woods is back in action at the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in California, playing alongside Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy in the feature group, as he looks to build on an impressive opening round.

Woods shot a two-under-par 69 to be tied 27th coming into this second round, while Thomas finished round one on -3 and McIlroy scored -4, three shots back from co-leaders Max Home and Keith Mitchell at seven under par (64).

There was a raucous atmosphere following the trio yesterday and the spotlight will no doubt be on Woods even more intensely today after he was caught passing a tampon to friend Thomas after out-driving his opponent, in what appeared to be a sexist joke. Woods is likely to be asked for his explanation of the prank following the round.

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Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

A shorter par 3, just 192 yards now on the 14th.

McIlroy hits the green and his groove, Thomas goes right and into the bunker. Tiger Woods next, looking to give himself a chance of a first birdie of the round – it’s exceptional. He has put it within a foot. The crowd like it, it’s fair to say.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

Just under 140 yards to the hole for Woods on his second shot. The crowd step back for his shot and cheer as ever – but it bounces just shy of the green. His first putt places him to five feet out and he needs to sink this for par after two disappointing short attempts already today – and that’s a third. A grimace as it rolls past. Bogey, and he’s down to even par.

Thomas misses another chance of a birdie as he continues his malaise of sorts at the start, but McIlroy sinks a second birdie in a row to go five under.

K.H. Lee has just racked up a triple bogey on his first hole of the day, a less than ideal start, while Collin Morikawa sinks a long birdie to take a share of the lead on seven under.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

Onto the 13th, par four, 459 yards.

Thomas goes just over 300 on the drive, centre of the fairway and about eight feet from McIlroy’s.

Woods sends one hanging to the right and it’s into the crowd again. Not too clean there.

Looking elsewhere on the field, Spieth is three over as he sinks a par; Keith Mitchell shares the lead on seven under, he’s at the 15th.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

Woods from a deep bunker on his third shot, clips it up…and very nearly in! It rolls a few feet past in the end but that was very nearly brilliant. From 14 feet he can’t sink his put and so Woods posts his first bogey of the day. The putter not quite up to scratch so far this morning in California.

McIlroy then steps up and lands the first birdie of the day in the group with a beauty of a chip of his own! Thomas falls well short and will need a decent putt from eight feet – and sinks it. Saves par, still two under. Tiger one further back.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

So it’s 180 yards to the hole for Tiger on his second shot. Slight downslope after the ridge he’s stood at.

Looks like he’s landed that one in the bunker. Frustration still etched on his face.

Thomas just goes wide from the green, McIlroy finds the centre of it before it bounces and runs off behind.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

Woods’ tee shot from the 12th is wayward and the crowd are advised to move pretty quickly – it’s off into the tree line and he’ll need a decent sight to get back on track.

McIlroy follows suit and his ball bounces off a shoe or two as it trickles off the fairway; JT then goes a little closer to landing on the fairway but it’s still in the rough. Par four, 479 yards this time.

On the leaderboard, Max Homa leads on seven under.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

McIlroy chips from 14 yards and almost holes for a birdie – it just rolls by and he taps in from a foot for par. Thomas, for par from six and a half feet – it’s slightly right to left but he sinks it nicely.

For Tiger he has placed himself very nicely, just over four feet from the hole for a first birdie of the day.

He lines it up…but it’s both hard and marginally low below the hole. Another par and he looks frustrated at that – two inside ten feet he has been unable to take advantage of to start the day.

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Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

Just over 270 to the hole for Woods. All three grouped together after the tee shot; Thomas and McIlroy slightly further to go – and the former hasn’t quite found his line yet. Into the trees with his second shot. McIlroy ends just shy of the green and then it’s Tiger’s turn – similar distance to McIlroy but better sight line for the approach, perhaps.

Elsewhere, Justin Rose and his group are underway after starting from the tenth.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

McIlroy finishes with a bogey, dropping to three under. Thomas had just under eight feet to go for a par on the tenth himself – it’s a bogey there too though and he’s now two under, same as Tiger.

Onto the 11th they go and the par five, 583-yard hole sees Woods bring out his driver for the first time today.

It’s straight and 267 yards or so, just bouncing off the fairway into the edge of the rough.


Tiger Woods live: Genesis Invitational round 2

McIlroy’s birdie putt is left short and he faces an uphill last six feet.

Eight feet ten inches for Woods, looking to start the day on a birdie – he’s just short and taps in for a par. Solid start, though he gives a shake of the head at the missed opportunity.

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