Dan Jenkins, a renowned author and golf writer from Fort Worth, acknowledged Wednesday he is doing just fine in the wake of criticism from golfer Tiger Woods for a parody piece he wrote in December’s issue of Golf Digest.
Jenkins, 84, created a fictitious question-and-answer exchange with Woods, heavy on humor, under the headline “My Interview With Tiger*” with the subhead “*Or how it plays out in my mind.”
Jenkins’ satire was not funny to Woods, who described it as a “grudge-fueled piece of character assassination” in a first-person story posted Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune, a website started by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
In a telephone interview, Jenkins made it clear he has not spent much time lamenting the feedback from Woods. But he appreciates the trickle-down effect of Tiger’s tirade.
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“I’m just sitting here giggling,” Jenkins said. “It’s brought a lot of attention to it.”
Jenkins said he was surprised by Woods’ response because he expected a different reaction from the 14-time major champion.
“I thought it was funny. I thought he’d think it was funny,” Jenkins said. “I was right about me and wrong about him.”
Jenkins’ article touches on several topics that have surfaced during Woods’ career.
Included are references to Woods’ penchant for changing caddies and swing coaches, his relationships with fellow players and his well-chronicled divorce from his ex-wife, Elin, after Woods’ public confession of multiple extramarital affairs. One quick sample:
Q: You’ve been incredibly rich and obscenely rich. Which is better?
A: Does Elin get a vote?
Throughout the piece, the humorous overtone is clear, but not to Woods. On Jeter’s website, he wrote: “I let plenty of things slide. But this time I can’t do that. The sheer nastiness of this attack, the photos and how it put false words in my mouth just had to be confronted.”
Jenkins, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, pointed out that he has praised Woods in many non-satirical articles through the years.
“I covered all 14 of his majors and raved about him,” Jenkins said. “Athletes forget that.”