Tiger Woods gets the Annie Leibovitz treatment for Vanity Fair


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Who doesn’t love an ominous Vanity Fair cover with moody shots from lens master Annie Leibovitz?

Tiger Woods, perhaps. He’s splayed on and inside the February edition of the magazine, with a piece from contributing editor Buzz Bissinger on Woods’ dramatic spiral.

‘There was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods — not in golf, beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside of golf, because he never showed any real part of himself off the course,’ Bissinger writes.

Never showed us a real part, until he hit that fateful fire hydrant.


The academic read on Tiger’s recent (and money hemorrhaging) misfortune is certainly insightful, the anatomy of an American hero’s perversion and, at times, desperation. Yet at the bottom of the cover, noticeably devoid of other sell-lines and content teases, is a quote from William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VI.’

‘O tiger’s heart, wrapp’d in a woman’s hide!’

Doesn’t that say it all?

-- Matt Donnelly

Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair / Associated Press.

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