Dan Jenkins, writer behind fake Tiger Woods interview, roasts golfer on Twitter
Veteran sportswriter Dan Jenkins, already on Tiger Woods’ bad side in light of a controversial “fake interview” he conducted with the golfer that was published in Golf Digest, twisted the metaphorical knife already embedded in Tiger’s back and twisted it with a Twitter barb for the ages.
Woods, in his own words, was “awful” on Thursday during his first round at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Golf Golf & Country Club, carding a terrible 77 — including four shocking chunks on chips — on his home course in his own tournament, a bad enough performance to land him in last place.
Jenkins, clearly relishing in Woods’ struggles, took to Twitter Thursday afternoon and dropped a savage rip on the golfer, writing, “Derek Jeter is reporting that Tiger is getting extra reps today: 41 of ’em on his opening nine.”
With the “41” reference Jenkins is referring to Woods’ score on the front nine in his round, an abject disaster that included three bogeys and a double-bogey on Woods’ scorecard before he even made the turn.
The mention of Derek Jeter is of course a nod to the means through which Woods fired back at Jenkins in a fiery commentary. Woods’ reaction to Jenkins’ fabricated interview originally was published on the retired ballplayer’s new website, “The Players’ Tribune.”
In the piece, Woods condemned the sportswriter in as scathing retort, writing that the Golf Digest write-up “fails as parody” and instead is more or less a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination,” before rhetorically asking “[j]ournalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?”
Jenkins previously used Twitter to respond to the golfer’s opinion piece. In reaction to Woods’ essay on Jeter’s website, Jenkins wrote, “My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire.”
For what it’s worth, regarding Jenkins last Twitter slam, Woods reportedly wasn’t willing to engage in another war of words with the writer. Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, when asked by reporters after his client’s round about Jenkins latest tweet, reportedly said, “We won’t dignify that with a response.”
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