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A Tiger of a different stripe?

It should be no surprise to find Tiger Woods on the cover of another magazine.

This time, it's GQ, which features him in its April issue, with the cover line "The Coming of Tiger Woods, Sports' Next Messiah."

But the eight-page story did not produce the kind of publicity that Woods and his handlers would have liked.

The article is filled with profanity _ much of it attributed to Woods _ and several off-color jokes _ one about lesbians, others with racial overtures _ that he told during a one-hour photo shoot for the magazine and during a limousine ride with the writer, Charles P. Pierce.

Woods did not intend for the jokes nor his language to appear in print.

Pierce's point in the story appears to be that despite the cultivation of Woods' image _ by his father, Earl; by his agent, International Management Group; and by Nike, which is paying him some $40-million _ he is just a kid.

"He tells jokes that most 21-year-olds would tell around the keg in the dormitory late on a Saturday night," Pierce writes. "He tells jokes that a lot of arrested 45-year-olds will tell at the clubhouse bar as the gin begins to soften Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening."

Pierce also writes that Woods did not expect to be quoted. "Hey, you can't write this," Woods said after telling one of several jokes.

"Too late," Pierce told him.

Woods, who shot 71 during the third round of the Bay Hill Invitational on Saturday, declined to talk with reporters afterward. But he did issue a statement through IMG.

"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. Thanks to the magazine and the writer for teaching me a lesson."

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