Paige Spiranac is offended by those who took offense to Tiger Woods’ tampon stunt.
The 47-year-old Woods is mounting his latest comeback attempt at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Golf Club in Southern California. After he out-drove Justin Thomas on the ninth hole, he jokingly handed his rival a tampon, a dig at the younger golfer’s strength.
Spiranac, a former college golfer who is now a model and ambassador for the sportsbook PointsBet, did not want to see Woods become a victim of cancel culture over the prank.
“If anyone tries to cancel Tiger over this we riot. It’s funny,” she tweeted.
“It’s interesting to see women outraged by Tiger slipping JT a tampon after out driving him but those same women will quickly tear me down for how I’ve decided to build my business. You can’t pick and choose when to be a feminist.”
Woods was slammed by USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan.
“I’m guessing most of the millions of fathers and mothers who support their athletic daughters probably have long since retired all their juvenile pranks that were intended to demean the ability of those girls they love and for whom they spend so much time cheering,” Brennan wrote. “But not our Tiger. No, he employed basic misogyny to insult his good friend Thomas, a knee-slapper of a dig against female athletes: You hit the ball like a girl!”
Spiranac advocated for a strategic response.
“Instead of women being outraged by Tiger and the tampon, I would love for them to actually provide ideas to help,” she tweeted. “For example I would have [Tampax] team up with the PGA tour to run a campaign where they provide free feminine products at golf courses. Most don’t actually have them and during long rounds it can be a problem for us.”