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Tiger Woods writes scathing commentary over ‘fake’ interview in ‘Golf Digest’

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Tiger Woods is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore, insofar as it relates to a “fake” interview Golf Digest magazine “conducted” with him that apparently hasn’t even been published online yet, as noted by The Big Lead.

Apparently, the magazine had veteran and respected golf journalist Dan Jenkins concoct an interview with Woods in an attempt at satire.

Even though the artificially constructed interview has yet to appear on Golf Digest’s website — although it probably will soon … strike while the iron is hot — Woods is irate and he and his team have penned a scathing commentary lambasting the concept, arguing that the piece “fails as parody” and instead is more or less a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination,” arguing that “[j]ournalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?”

Woods wrote the commentary for the The Players’ Tribune, the Derek Jeter-fronted online magazine that already has featured Russell Wilson, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love, among others, as its big-name contributors.

While insisting that he has a good sense of humor and that he’s “more than willing to laugh” at himself, Woods nevertheless denounces the entire setup, framework and execution by Golf Digest in the piece, entitled, “Not True, Not Funny.”

Tiger writes:

I’ve given lots of interviews to journalists in all that time, more than I could count, and some have been good and some not so much. All athletes know that we will be under scrutiny from the media. But this concocted article was below the belt. Good-natured satire is one thing, but no fair-minded writer would put someone in the position of having to publicly deny that he mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips—and a lot of other slurs, too.

He includes some examples of the fabricated back-and-forth from the interview as evidence.

Some lowlights if you haven’t seen the fake story:

Dan: “Why haven’t you fired Steiny, by the way? You’ve fired everybody else …”

Tiger: “I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people …”

Dan: “In many cases, tips are a part of their salary.”

Tiger: “So let ‘em go find a better job.”

Dan: “Marko (O’Meara) was your best friend in golf at one time.”

Tiger: “I’m sorry. I can’t place him. Did he play the tour?”

Ouch.

Woods adds that Golf Digest even hired an actor to pose as the him in photos. He then lays waste to Jenkins.

The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person.

Woods closes out by mentioning that he and his team sent Golf Digest a letter last week and suggests readers review it. They can do so here.

But before that, Woods, in his piece, surmises what may have been the goal of Golf Digest for its attempt at satire quite succinctly.

I guess Golf Digest’s editors believe this is a good way to sell more magazines.

Exactly.