DAN JENKINS: MY (FAKE) Q&A WITH TIGER
When Tiger Woods returned to golf from his back surgery, the national media saw it as the greatest news flash since D-Day. This energised me so much I immediately tracked down Tiger and asked if we could do the interview we should have done years ago. Surprisingly, Tiger agreed and suggested we grab a couple of orange Slurpees at the 7-Eleven and meet at a GameStop, where we could play Tomb Raider during breaks.
I insisted on picking the location and told Tiger I would rule out the fire hydrant but would still pick one of the places where he’d spent the past six years not winning another major. My first choice was the greenside bunker on No 6 at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Why? Because it was the hole where Tiger suffered the only bad break I ever saw him get in a major while he was in contention. The lie in that bunker in the final round of the 2012 British Open was so impossible he might as well have tried to play out while lying on his belly and using a pool cue. He came away with a shocking triple-bogey 7 and tied for third place. To my mind, it was the highlight of his six-year slump. But that seemed a long way to go for a chat, so we met at a diner, and the interview began. From here on, the voice in boldface type will be mine.