Tiger Woods Mad At Dan Jenkins For Fake Interview in Golf Digest
Tiger Woods was the subject of a recent Golf Digest parody interview from famed golf writer Dan Jenkins, and the future Hall of Famer was not amused. In fact, Tiger lashed out at Jenkins in an article posted in The Players' Tribune, a new website created by former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Jenkins column in Golf Digest is titled "My (Fake) Interview with Tiger." The entire piece was imagined by the 84-year old Jenkins, who is one of the most respected writers in sports. Some of the hypothetical questions and answers included:
You named your yacht Privacy. Because you're a worldwide celebrity, do you really expect and demand privacy?
I thought about renaming it Serenity, but that pretty much went out the door when the 9-iron hit the window of the Escalade.
I don't get it. For a guy who can certainly afford it, you've become famous for being a bad tipper. It's almost like you take pride in it.
I just don't understand why you're supposed to tip people for doing a job they're already getting paid to do.
Incidentally, where do you put Jack and Hogan on your list of the five best golfers of all time?
I don't. I rank me at Pebble Beach in 2000 first, me in the '97 Masters second, me at St. Andrews in 2000 third, me at Hoylake in 2006 fourth, and me at Bay Hill, Firestone, Memorial and Torrey fifth ... pick a year.
Tiger fired back at Jenkins in The Players' Tribune, and questioned the writer's purpose for writing the parody.
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.
Jenkins had the last laugh on his Twitter page and left this parting Tweet to Tiger.