Tiger Woods fired back at longtime golf writer Dan Jenkins and Golf Digest for a parody in the December issue of the magazine that characterizes the former world No. 1 as mean-spirited and cheap.
The story is entitled “My interview with Tiger” with an asterisk before Jenkins’ byline that reads, “Or how it plays out in my mind.”
“Whether it’s misreported information or opinions I think are way off base, I let plenty of things slide,” Woods wrote on ThePlayersTribune.com on Tuesday. “But this time I can’t do that.”
ThePlayersTribune.com was founded by Derek Jeter for professional athletes to have a direct connection with the fans and Tiger’s spokesman confirmed Woods wrote the essay.
The imaginary Q&A occurred in an undisclosed diner, although the story was accompanied with a picture of a Tiger lookalike in a Perkins restaurant and inspecting a dent in an SUV, and addresses a number of subjects, including his friendship with Mark O’Meara and his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.
Woods also published a letter his manager Mark Steinberg sent to Conde Nast, which owns Golf Digest.
“Jenkins implies in the piece he was declined for an interview with Tiger. But no such request was made, at least not recently. Shouldn’t he have done that before making up an interview?” the letter asked.
The letter, dated Nov. 12, also says Jenkins claimed Woods, “has contempt for tipping, enjoys firing employees, is unable to make business decisions, isn’t smart, disregards his friends and is personally dishonest.
“These things aren’t jokes, they are character slanders and ones for which Jenkins has no basis whatsoever.”
Woods wrote a monthly column for Golf Digest from 1997 through 2010.
Woods hasn’t played since the PGA Championship following back surgery and is scheduled to return to competitive golf next month at his own Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Fla.
When reached for comment, Golf Digest responded: "The Q&A is clearly labeled as 'fake,' both on our cover and in the headline. The article stands on its own."
For his part, Jenkins responded with the following tweet, linking to his piece:
My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire. I thought I let him off easy: http://t.co/E7e9imSKwO— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) November 18, 2014