DAN JENK­INS: MY (FAKE) Q&A WITH TIGER

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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.

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