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    Posted on Nov 19, 2014

    Tiger Woods Demands Apology After Parody Interview Mocked His Failed Marriage

    Don't poke the Tiger.

    Tiger Woods has demanded an apology from Golf Digest magazine after being made the subject of a parody interview.

    Brian Snyder / Reuters

    The piece, entitled: "My (Fake) Interview With Tiger* (* Or how it plays out in my mind)", was written by veteran golf writer Dan Jenkins.

    In it, Jenkins conducts a pretend interview with the former world number one and mentions topics such as Woods' failed marriage, his playing form and his considerable wealth.

    The piece also involves an actor posing for pictures as Tiger.

    According to the BBC, Jenkins, 84, decided to write the piece because he'd never been granted an exclusive interview with Woods, despite reporting on more than 200 majors.

    Brian Snyder / Reuters

    Woods though didn't see the funny side.

    Most things in the media you let slide, but sometimes you can’t and shouldn’t. Read my @PlayersTribune piece http://t.co/u0511anhGJ

    Tiger Woods@TigerWoodsFollow

    Most things in the media you let slide, but sometimes you can’t and shouldn’t. Read my @PlayersTribune piece http://t.co/u0511anhGJ

    8:03 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Responding to Jenkins' piece, the 14-times major winner wrote a blog post on The Players’ Tribune entitled “Not True, Not Funny”. In it, he 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.

    Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?

    Woods added: “I like to think I have a good sense of humour, and that I’m more than willing to laugh at myself. In this game, you have to.”

    The 38-year-old said the article was below the belt.

    "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," the American golfer wrote.

    Woods said Jenkins' "frustration or resentment" at not being able to speak him shouldn't give him a license to go on the attack.

    He added he was surprised to see the piece came from Jenkins, who he describes as one of the most distinguished golf writers currently working.

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    "The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted," Woods declared.

    The golfer's representatives sent a letter to the magazine asking for an apology. You can read it here.

    According to Woods, Golf Digest has defended the article saying it didn’t think it was unfair.

    Here is Dan Jenkins' FAKE interview with Tiger Woods: http://t.co/BlIxtJLadX

    Golf Digest@GolfDigestFollow

    Here is Dan Jenkins' FAKE interview with Tiger Woods: http://t.co/BlIxtJLadX

    8:54 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Yesterday, the magazine re-tweeted Jenkins publicising his new column.

    My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire. I thought I let him off easy: http://t.co/E7e9imSKwO

    Dan Jenkins@danjenkinsgdFollow

    My next column for Tiger: defining parody and satire. I thought I let him off easy: http://t.co/E7e9imSKwO

    9:14 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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