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 in Orlando, Fla., about the article, which was based in part on an interview Woods gave 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 article.
“It’s no secret that I’m 21 years old and that I’m naive about the motives of certain ambitious writers,” Woods said. “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. I don’t understand the cheap shots against him.”
The GQ 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 of humanity.”
The article later said that Earl Woods “was a month away from bypass surgery, and he was beginning to get cranky about it.” It 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.”
A stiff breeze toned down the scoring but bunched up the field at the Bay Hill Invitational, leaving Omar Uresti in front by one stroke after a 3-under-par 69.
Uresti birdied the last two holes to get to 11-under 205 through three rounds at Bay Hill Club. Right behind at 206 is Mark O’Meara, Stuart Appleby and Tim Herron.
John Bland and Graham Marsh teamed for an 8-under 64 and one-shot lead after two rounds of the Legends of Golf senior tournament in La Quinta, Calif.
Barb Mucha rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to salvage a roller-coaster 73 and tie Kelly Robbins for the lead at 208 after three rounds of the LPGA Standard Register Ping in Phoenix. Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, and Robin Walton of Clarkston are at 219.
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