Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman calls Tiger Woods ‘very inappropriate’ after he handed Justin Thomas a tampon during the opening round of the Genesis Invitational, as she warns the golfer should be ‘conscious of his impact as a role model’
England manager Sarina Wiegman labelled Tiger Woods ‘inappropriate’ after the golfer handed Justin Thomas a tampon in the opening round of the Genesis Invitational.
Woods has drawn heavy criticism since the incident occurred on Friday, with Sky Sports presenter Sarah Stirk calling his behaviour ‘crass’ and ‘disappointing’.
The American handed the sanitary product to Thomas after he out-drove him on the ninth tee. Thomas was seen laughing and putting his arm around his compatriot after throwing the tampon on the floor.
The 15-time major winner, who has since apologised, said it was meant to be a joke among friends.
Asked whether Woods’ actions were ‘unacceptable’, England boss Wiegman said: ‘Yeah, I think it’s very inappropriate, I think he realised that too.
Tiger Woods has apologised after handing Justin Thomas a tampon during the Genesis Invitational
England manager Sarina Wiegman called the golfer’s actions ‘very inappropriate’
‘You’re such a big role model and can have a positive impact on society and I think he should be conscious of that at all times.’
Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood shared Wiegman’s sentiments and expects Woods to reflect on his actions.
‘From what I know he’s a massive role model within the sport,’ Greenwood said.
‘I think if he looks back on it, he’ll be really disappointed with what he did and I’m sure he’ll apologise for it.
England, who are still unbeaten under Euros-winning boss Wiegman, play Italy in their second Arnold Clark Cup fixture in Coventry this afternoon.
Keira Walsh has recovered from illness after missing the 4-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday.
‘It’s really nice for her to be back,’ Wiegman said. ‘Of course she wants to be part of the team and we want to see her play.’
Woods winner handed Thomas the sanitary product during the tournament’s opening round
Both men laughed at the incident, which came after he outdrove his compatriot Thomas