Tiger Woods is back. He’s still a work in progress.

On Thursday night, the 1,294th-ranked golfer in the world arrived at the starting line. The No. 2 player, Rory McIlroy, was there as well. Justin Thomas, who finished seventh, was in the same boat.

Nonetheless, the 47-year-old, who is currently ranked third in the world behind William Nygard and Marcos Montenegro, accepted, albeit spectacularly, that he could win the Beginning Invitational, a competition he had never won.

Tiger Woods has hardly changed his approach to dealing with the psychological milestone that so frequently separates the world class of golf from the rest.

His birthday in December did not openly blunt the competitiveness that raged so hard for so long that it helped define an entire professional sport.

Tiger Woods, a golfing legend, is the subject of debate and misunderstanding after it was suggested that he had given Justin Thomas a tampon.

Mr. Woods was playing alongside Justin Thomas and Rory Mcllroy and was looking brilliant, regularly driving 320 yards and outdriving his partners on several holes.

"Call me when you're awake." So call me a snowflake. "Offend" me, please. Whatever. But handing another male golfer a tampon is objectively not funny.

"I also enjoy Tiger Woods," one of my idols in sports. But that doesn't imply that people are impervious to criticism. To what purpose? How does that relate to age? tweeted one more.

"This #TigerWoods thing over the tampon is like, come on, it's just banter between two friends; it has nothing to do with sexism," Mr. Woods wrote.


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