Golf Digest Stands by Putting Tiger Woods on Cover With Obama

Celebrity News Dec. 14, 2009 AT 2:42PM
Golf Digest Stands by Putting Tiger Woods on Cover With Obama

Golf Digest isn't embarrassed for putting Tiger Woods on the same cover as President Barack Obama.

Almost two weeks before the Woods scandal broke, Golf Digest went to press with its January issue.

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The cover featured Woods, 33, and Obama, 48, with the cover line: "10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger."

"Woods is a good role model ... because he has always been able to pull himself together after setbacks," the article reads. "Woods never does anything that would make himself look ridiculous."

On Friday, Woods -- who has been linked to at least 13 women -- acknowledged for the first time his "infidelity," adding that he is taking an "indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

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In light of Woods' confession, Golf Digest doesn't plan to change their Woods coverage in the future.

"Our statement remains the same, that is Golf Digest has had a long-standing relationship with Tiger Woods to provide instruction articles for the magazine, and we do not have any plans to change that," a magazine spokesperson tells Usmagazine.com.

But Woods is feeling some fallout.

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Consulting company Accenture announced it is ending its six-year relationship with the golfer, who made an estimated $110 million a year in endorsements.

"We are disappointed but respect their decision. That is all I have to say to you," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told the Wall Street Journal.

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Gillette also said it plans to suspend advertising featuring Woods, while AT&T and Tag Heuer are reconsidering their deals with the athlete.

Standing by Woods: Nike, Electronic Arts and Gatorade.

 

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