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18th Nov 2014

Tiger Woods loses his sh*t with Golf Digest over ‘fake’ interview

Sense of humour fail or does Tiger have a point?

Sean Nolan

It seems the multiple Major winner is not a fan of satire.

Dan Jenkins is one of America’s greatest living sportswriters. Now well into his 80s, Jenkins no longer writes for Sports Illustrated, where he spent the bulk of his career, but he does maintain a monthly column in Golf Digest, and he’s pretty good value on Twitter too @danjenkinsgd.

Anyway, in the most recent issue of Golf Digest Jenkins conducts a fake interview with Tiger Woods, which is clearly satirical and pretty amusing, with lots of barbs about Woods relationships with others on Tour and his off and on-course struggles in recent years. The article even has a guy who looks like Tiger Woods posing for pictures, which might be a bit much but you would expect someone as aloof as Tiger to let this wash off him.

There you would be wrong.

On former New York Yankee Derek Jeter’s new site The Players Tribune, Woods goes to town on Jenkins and the magazine.

Called ‘Not True, Not Funny‘ Woods is clearly pissed off as he lays into the piece and the thinking behind it. One quote sums it up. ‘Whether it’s misreported information or opinions I think are way off base, I let plenty of things slide. But this time I can’t do that. The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted.’

Jenkins has already responded on Twitter

Woods never does sitdown interviews with the press so Jenkins felt that after years of chasing, this was the best he could do, clearly flagging it as a spoof at the start.
We have a feeling this one might run and run.

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