Tiger Woods fires back at parody interview

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods responds to golf writer Dan Jenkins’ parody interview of the golfer, calling the piece “below the belt.”
(Associated Press)

The frosty relationship between Tiger Woods and long-time golf writer Dan Jenkins has turned a little cooler.

This time, Jenkins has written a parody interview of Woods for Golf Digest and Woods has fired back with an angry response.

“Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?” Woods wrote on ThePlayersTribune website, calling the article “a grudge-filled piece of character assassination.”

In “My (Fake) Interview With Tiger, or how it plays out in my mind,” Jenkins puts forth a series of questions and then poses as Woods to provide replies. The writer wonders why Woods hasn’t fired his agent Mark Steinberg (“I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people.”) and asks about Woods’ relationship with Sergio Garcia (“Sergio wins Low Crybaby at every tournament.”)


The two men have butted heads before, with Jenkins upset that Woods would never consent to a one-on-one interview.

For his rebuttal, Woods took to the website that former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter created to give athletes a public forum.

“This concocted article was below the belt,” Woods wrote. “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.”

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