In the December issue of Golf Digest, legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins pens a satirical piece of him interviewing Tiger Woods. Having read the FAKE Q&A
only bits of it (excuse: my mailbox key is broken, so I can’t access my issue and it’s not online in full yet — but I’m told it will be shortly), it’s fairly funny, but if anything, it’s harmless. No surprise, Tiger and his people didn’t think so, though.
So, how did Team Tiger respond? Oh, you know, probably the way Jenkins would have written it — Tiger (or his PR flak) penned a first-person column on Derek Jeter’s new website, The Players’ Tribune, blasting Digest, Jenkins and the satirical piece. You could call it a slight overreaction (they even wrote a letter to the magazine).
Did you read Dan Jenkins’ interview with me in the latest Golf Digest? I hope not. Because it wasn’t me. It was some jerk he created to pretend he was talking to me. That’s right, Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.
Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?
How’s that for a lede?
Well, first of all, on the cover of the issue, it says the interview is FAKE.
But, apparently Team Tiger took major issue with an article that about five people had seen before today.
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.
Once again, very few people had seen this article before Tiger decided to publish his scathing column.
Golf Digest even hired an actor to pose as me in photos. 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. I guess Golf Digest’s editors believe this is a good way to sell more magazines.
Actually, Tiger, you just sold them more magazines and put a gagillion more eyes on the internet version of this god-awful blasphemous Q&A that’s clearly satire. This is also what happens when you blow off someone for a couple of decades that you describe as “one of the most distinguished golf writers out there.”
The lesson in all this, don’t bring attention to something that would usually fly under the radar and treat the media as you’d like to be treated.
I’ve been told that Jenkins’ FAKE Q&A will be up on the Golf Digest site shortly.