THROWBACK: Serena Williams Was Embarrassed in Front of Tiger Woods at The Honda Classic

Published 03/16/2021, 4:02 PM EDT
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 16: Tiger Woods of the United States stands on the 13th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational on February 16, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods has earned a lot of celebrity admirers over the years. He also has a lot of friends across different sports and Serena Williams is one of them. These two athletes have been sharing a good bond for several years, and Williams once faced embarrassment in front of Woods! 

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Golf is Tiger Woods’ sport and similarly, tennis is Serena’s. So when you’re friends, you ideally make a visit or two to watch the other person play and that’s what Serena Williams did back in 2013 at The Honda Classic. However, she committed a rule violation that left her in a state of disbelief. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 03: Serena Williams of the United States is seen during the set break in her match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during day four of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on February 03, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

When Serena Williams was stopped from clicking a picture of Tiger Woods

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Serena Williams is one of the most accomplished athletes ever, but even a person of her stature couldn’t talk herself into clicking a picture of Tiger Woods. Yes, that’s exactly what happened. 

Williams visited the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to watch Woods play at The Honda Classic in 2013. But little did the tennis icon know that spectators at the tournament were prohibited from clicking pictures of golfers on their mobile phones. 

Serena Williams grinned at Tiger Woods during his tee shot at the 17th. As she smiled, Williams also took out her phone and attempted to click a picture of the golf legend. 

However, a security guard popped up just in time and informed Serena about the tradition against mobile phone pictures. A bemused Williams popped her eyes upon being told to keep down her phone, but later had a laugh about it in good spirit! 

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The announcers had a good laugh about the whole incident during the broadcast, and so did the fans. Unfortunately for Williams, it was caught on tape and is being relived on the internet every once and again! 

As for Tiger Woods, he tied for 37th place at the 2013 Honda Classic. Woods’ aggregate score of 284 was no match in front of Michael Thompson, who took home the trophy that year with a score of 271. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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