Dan Jenkins

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Dan Jenkins (born December 2, 1929) is an American author and sportswriter who often wrote for Sports Illustrated.

Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended R. L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated, where among other things he covered the 1966,[1] 1967,[2] 1969[3] and 1971[4] versions of the college football Game of the Century. In 1985 he retired from Sports Illustrated and began writing books full-time, although he maintains a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.

Larry King has called Jenkins "the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer" and "the best sportswriter in America." Jenkins has written numerous works and over 500 articles for Sports Illustrated. In 1972, Jenkins wrote his first novel, Semi-Tough. Jenkins now lives in Fort Worth with his family. His daughter Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist for the Washington Post.

Tiger Woods controversy

In December 2014, Jenkins published an article in Golf Digest titled "My (Fake) interview with Tiger; or how it plays out in my mind."[5] In the piece, which featured images of a Tiger Woods lookalike in golfing gear, Jenkins mocks Tiger Woods reputation in an imaginary interview with the athlete. Though the piece was clearly marked as parody, the champion golfer requested an apology from the magazine.[6] Woods stated that the piece "fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination."[7]

Awards and honors



  1. Jenkins, Dan (November 28, 1966). "An Upside-Down Game". Sports Illustrated.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Jenkins, Dan (November 27, 1967). "All The Way With O.J." Sports Illustrated.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jenkins, Dan (December 15, 1969). "Texas By An Eyelash". Sports Illustrated.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Jenkins, Dan (December 6, 1971). "Nebraska Rides High". Sports Illustrated.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Jenkins, Dan (December 2014). "My (Fake) Interview With Tiger: Or how it plays out in my mind". Golf Digest.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Corcoran, Kieran (November 19, 2014). "Tiger Woods savages magazine for printing 'below the belt' parody interview - where he says the five best players ever are all him". The Daily Mail.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Woods, Tiger (November 18, 2014). "Not True, Not Funny".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. World Golf Hall of Fame to induct Dan Jenkins in 2012

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