Michael Jordan’s alleged 6-word girl advice to Tiger Woods
The second installment of HBO’s “Tiger” documentary, which aired on Sunday, covers the downward spiral of Tiger Woods’ marriage and golf career as infidelity and injuries temporarily derailed his life. One section of Part II specifically focuses on his affinity for Las Vegas, where Woods would often travel to party with friends (and Vegas veterans) like NBA legends Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
Per Us Weekly:
According to Tiffany Masters, a former VIP host in Las Vegas, the hosts would pick out girls to party with Woods, Jordan and Barkley during their trips to Sin City,
“In that entourage, Tiger was a bit of a geek,” Masters said.
Author Armen Keteyian also claimed Woods sought girl advice from Jordan. “Michael, to ever-loving credit, goes, ‘You tell them you’re Tiger Woods,’” Keteyian said. “His ability to live a double-life, it started in Vegas.”
This anecdote—with slightly altered details—previously appeared in Wright Thompson’s remarkable 2016 look into the unraveling of Woods’ life after the passing of his father, Earl, In the version from Thompson’s article, Woods was clubbing with Jordan and Derek Jeter in New York City, and it was the New York Yankees shortstop who gave Woods the same succinct advice.
The sexual bravado hid his awkwardness around women. One night he went to a club in New York with Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan. Jeter and Jordan circulated, talking with ease to one beautiful woman after another. (Both declined to comment about the episode.) At one point, Tiger walked up to them and asked the question that lives in the heart of every junior high boy and nearly every grown man too.
“What do you do to talk to girls?”
Jeter and Jordan looked at each other, then back at Tiger, sort of stunned.
Go tell ’em you’re Tiger Woods, they said.
Thompson is also featured in the “Tiger” documentary.
Parts I and II of the documentary, directed by Matthew Heineman and Matthew Hamachek, is now available to stream on HBO Max.