Woods put off by off-color quotes, comments
on his father
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The off-color jokes and comments attributed
to Tiger Woods in the current issue of GQ magazine don't trouble
him nearly as much as the "cheap shots" at his father.
Woods issued a statement Saturday from the Bay Hill Invitational
about the article, which was based in part on an interview with
Woods during a limousine ride after a photo shoot for the magazine.
Woods is quoted as telling jokes - one about lesbians, others
with racial overtures - and using profanity in describing how
he felt about giving an hour of his time for the photo shoot.
Woods did not deny making the comments that appeared in the
"It's no secret that I'm 21 years old and that I'm naive
about the motives of certain ambitious writers," Woods said
in the statement, released by International Management Group.
"The article proves that, and I don't see any reason for
anyone to pay $3 to find that out.
"It's easy to laugh it off as juvenile and petty except
for the attacks on my father," he continued. "I don't
understand the cheap shots against him."
The cover of GQ said, "The Coming of Tiger Woods, Sports'
Next Messiah." Written by Charles P. Pierce, the story builds
its theme around Earl Woods telling Sports Illustrated that "Tiger
will do more than any other man in history to change the course
The article later said that Earl Woods "was a month away
from bypass surgery, and he was beginning to get cranky about
The story also said Earl Woods left his ex-wife and three other
children and "has devoted his life ... to creating something
that may now be moving far out of his control."
Woods, who shot a 71 Saturday and was five strokes off the
lead, avoided reporters after his round by ducking into the autograph
tent, the first time he has gone there all week.