Inside Golf Digest's most recent issue, you would believe that Tiger Woods sits down with Dan Jenkins for an interview that covers a wide range of subjects, well in fact it's Jenkins utilising a fictional parody account of golf's former world number one.
The piece is written entirely by Jenkins and the long-time writer develops a narrative between himself and a parody version of Woods where they discuss topics from tipping restaurants to relationships with friends and employees.
Woods was shown what can be classed as a 'fake interview' and proceeded to fire back at the Jenkins for what he describes as 'character assassination' and he has also called out the magazine for publishing the piece.
Wood was infuriated by the unfounded opinions expressed by who many will believe is Woods himself, he wrote about the first-person column:
"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-fuelled piece of character assassination."
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Character assassination of Woods
Woods and Jenkins have had an historically contentious relationship, brought about by the writer's opinion on how the golfer deals with the media and his lack of openness with press.
It perhaps cites the main reason why Jenkins would produce an article with a fictional Woods, attempting to convey his believed opinions due to the fact he was not able to reach the golfer himself, Jenkins explained:
"I never really knew Tiger. He won't let anybody know him, I think the reason is that he doesn't have anything to say. All he knows is how to hit a golf ball. All the other guys—Hogan read books, he was in the oil business, he was a huge football fan. We talked about football more than we talked about golf."
Woods' management company inked a letter to Golf Digest to show there disgust at the character slandering of the magazine, their response was that they believed that their writer had done nothing wrong with his piece.
Woods wrote regarding the article:
"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."
The writer has commented specifically on Woods' accusations about the piece he produced, but later took to his official Twitter account to address the matter:
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