Tiger Woods Slams Golf Digest Satire

A cover from early 2011.

Even though “(Fake)” has been slipped into the online headline, Tiger Woods is not amused. Responding via The Players’ Tribune to Dan Jenkins’ goof for the December issue of Golf Digest, the subject of the reporter’s imagined conversation deems it a journalistic triple bogey:

I like to think I have a good sense of humor, and that I’m more than willing to laugh at myself. In this game, you have to…

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.

Woods links to a Nov. 12 letter sent by his reps to the magazine. Among other things, the letter notes that contrary to the tone of Jenkins’ piece, no recent interview request from the reporter was received by the Woods camp.

Via Twitter late this afternoon, Jenkins sounds like he’s standing firm: