Updated 07:55 AM EST, Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Tiger Woods Golf Digest Beef: Dan Jenkins Fake Interview a 'Character Assassination'

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Golf superstar Tiger Woods slammed the fake interview of Dan Jenkins, whose article was printed for the December issue of Golf Digest, saying it was clearly a "character assassination."

In a response printed by The Player's Tribune, Woods said:

"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." 

The golfer was obviosuly irked, adding, "Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?.... 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," Woods added.

According to a USA Today report, Golf Digest released a statement to defend Jenkins, clarifying that the story was labeled as "fake."

"The Q&A is clearly labeled as "fake", both on our cover and in the headline. The article stands on its own," the statement read.

In the made-up interview, Jenkins asked and answered personal questions from the golfer's marriage, relationship with his coaches and caddies and his life with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn.

A part of the question and answer of Jenkins via Golf Digest is stated below:

"You have a house as big as Luxembourg. What do you do in it all day?

Let me think. Uh, new video games come out. I putt on the carpets. A closet somewhere needs color-coordinating. And of course there's always somebody to fire.

You've been incredibly rich and obscenely rich. Which is better?

Does Elin get a vote?

You haven't talked about it, but after all of those New York Post front pages during the scandal, what's the moral of your story?

That's easy. Don't get caught. 

According to the Telegraph, Woods has already demanded a formal response and written apology from Golf Digest.

"My representatives and I asked Golf Digest for an explanation, some reason for what I think is journalistically wrong and a pretty cheap shot. Digest responded by saying it was Dan's humor (sic), and they didn't think it was unfair or they wouldn't have run it. Those aren't great answers," Woods was quoted by Telegraph as saying.

He said that the journalist put "false words" in his mouth and that he saw he need to confront it.

"He 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... All athletes know that we will be under scrutiny from the media. But this concocted article was below the belt," Woods explained.

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