I had received my copy of Golf Digest the other day which featured NFL Quarterback Johnny Manizel on the cover (whAT?!) and I noticed something on the bottom right corner of the cover. It said “My (Fake) Q&A with Tiger by Dan Jenkins”.
So, after checking out some of the different stories within the magazine, I came across the fake Q&A and was both surprised and amused. Surprised, that Golf Digest decided to publish it and amused because, well, it was kinda funny unless you are a die-hard Tiger fan I suppose.
Well, on Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune which is a site where athletes pretty much become sportswriters, Tiger has some words for the hall of famer, Mr.Jenkins.
Here’s a tweet by Jenkins with a link to the article and I’ll re-post that link below.
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
Here’s what Tiger said in his article then I’ll share a page from Dan’s piece.
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?
That’s from Tiger’s piece, and I’ll leave the link to the original article below.
This is the second page of the Q&A by Dan because this seemed to be the page that hit people the most because it was more personal.
Thank you. After you’d won three U.S. Ams, your father said you were going to have a greater impact on the world than Gandhi. I laughed out loud. What was your reaction?
I looked for Gandy in the record book and couldn’t find him. But I didn’t go as far back as Middlecoff, Demaret and those guys.
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.
You named your yacht Privacy. Because you’re a worldwide celebrity, do you really expect and demand privacy?
I thought about renaming it Serenity, but that pretty much went out the door when the 9-iron hit the window of the Escalade.
Have you ever regretted firing Butch Harmon after winning your first eight majors with him?
Butchie was making me tip too many people.
I don’t get it. For a guy who can certainly afford it, you’ve become famous for being a bad tipper. It’s almost like you take pride in it.
I just don’t understand why you’re supposed to tip people for doing a job they’re already getting paid to do.
In many cases tips are expected to be part of their salary.
So let ’em go find a better job.
Now why didn’t I think of that? What would you do if you couldn’t play golf any longer?
I guess I’d buy an NBA team.
I’ll try to remember to tell the next person who waits on me to ditch the stupid restaurant and go buy the Knicks or Mavericks.
You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?
I’m starting to, yes. I have to confess, I’m borrowing that Albert Brooks line from “Broadcast News.”
Is that the network Johnny Miller works for?
I’m almost positive it isn’t. Where the TV guys are concerned, what are your thoughts on Brandel Chamblee? For instance, who would you rather run over in a car first, Brandel or me?
Who’s Brandel Chamblee? How many majors has he won? How many has he even played?
Brandel is a good student of the Rules of Golf.
Hey, man! I’ve never knowingly broken a rule on the golf course! I don’t need to be diagnosed by a guy like Brandel Chamblee.
You’re not on TV. You’re just a writer.
That’s the highest compliment you could pay me. Let’s move on. Are there any wedding bells in the future for Lindsey Vonn?
I guess I have the answer.
What was your reaction to Rory McIlroy calling off his wedding to Caroline Wozniacki?
He’s better off. He won another two majors, didn’t he?
I’m curious as to why you split with Hank after winning six majors with him?
I’m a perfectionist.
Now that you’ve gone through Butch, Hank and Foley, who’s your next coach gonna be? Dr. Phil?
Funny. I just want to take my game to a higher level.
And how’s that been working out for you?
I’ve had problems, sure.
The knee, the Achilles …
… the fire hydrant …
… the ankle, the shoulder…
… the divorce …
… the wrist, the back …
… the putter …
… but I’m getting back to where I want to be. Like I said at the British Open. I’m stronger, faster and more explosive.
Like I tweeted, take away the two triples, the three doubles and the nine bogeys, and you’d have been right there.
I made a few mistakes.
A few? You finished four from the bottom, in 69th place. Other than a few missed cuts, including this year’s PGA, it was by far your worst finish in a major as a pro.
But I took away a lot of positives from those experiences. I need to get stronger. It’s why I decided not to touch a golf club for a couple months.
So, there you have it! Arguably the greatest golfer ever against arguably the greatest golf writer ever. I think Dan, who is a terrific writer usually, got a little too personal on the second page.
Sure, I guess, if Tiger hadn’t done what he did in the past, then it wouldn’t have been brought up but I was just overly shocked that a national magazine such as Golf Digest would allow something like this. One thing I learned in the media business is that you try to avoid fake publishing.
Are you familiar with Stephen Glass? Well, he wrote tons of fake articles and never took the time to go out and get the real story. He eventually got fired from the New Republic magazine.
Dan Jenkins warned us that the story was fake and is nowhere near as bad as what Glass did but it just kinda popped into my head. I will say that this story would have never been national attention if Tiger hadn’t written his disgust about it.
He probably should have just let it die and now there are multiple media outlets reporting on this. It’s not the article they’re reporting on, it’s the fact that Tiger wrote about it.
Soooo, basically, there are people writing articles about someone writing an article about someone writing an article about him (Ah! My brain!).
I guess I’m one of them although I’m a blogger and not a magazine writer.
It’s now turning what was supposed to a goofy little article, into a giant blob of mass destruction that will destroy the world! OK, maybe not that bad, but Danny boy is definitely hearing it from the Tiger and non-Tiger fans alike.
The only thing we can do now is wait and see if this dies down or if it continues to get worse. It’ll be worse the next couple of days I think but eventually I believe this will go away. Golf Digest has taken heat a few times this year already.
So, how does this make you feel about Dan Jenkins, Tiger Woods or Golf Digest? Do you think this was stupid? Just all in good fun? How do you feel about this whole thing?
And please think with your head and not with your heart if you can. In other words, try to avoid backing up either Woods or Jenkins just because you’re a big fan of either one. Be honest and realistic. I’d appreciate that!
Well, you go ahead and think about what you want to say while I go take cover in the basement in case of invasion of angry Golf Digest and Tiger protesters!
Be sure to follow me on Twitter as well @ChiGolfRadio!
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