What's the next level beyond a non-denial denial? A denial that makes the story worse? Double bogey denial?
With the National Enquirer suggesting a Tiger Woods-Amanda Boyd (Dufner) fling with nary a shred of evidence, the story likely would have remained where many other Enquirer stories have gone: into thin air. Sure, the publication got the big one right, but they've reported just as many incorrect Woods stories and like many of those over the last few years, this one would have faded quickly too.
Except that Tiger agent Mark Steinberg opened the topic up by suggesting something any golf fan of the last Presidents Cup knows to be false. Talking to Golfweek:
"I couldn’t deny this more vehemently," Steinberg said. "There is less than zero strand of truth to it. 100 percent false. 100 percent fabricated and zero credence. Absolutely, unequivocally untrue. They are not even acquaintances. It’s absolutely ridiculous."
Is unequivocally untrue a double negative?
Anyway, he left the acquaintance part out of his denial to Golf Channel.
“The report is categorically false. Absolutely zero truth to that ridiculous rumor.”
Considering there are photos of Amanda Boyd around Woods during Presidents Cup play, and knowing how the teammates and partners interact, to say they are "not even acquaintenances" does not add up.
Steinberg also has said in the past that he was not aware of his client's private life, so his views on who Tiger knows and does not know could be questioned. David Dusek wrote back in 2010 for golf.com:
Speaking on the eighth and ninth fairways as fans walked by, Steinberg said that he was in Southern California when the car accident took place outside Woods's home in Windermere, Fla. He denied knowing that his client was having multiple affairs, and spoke with disbelief about the number of women who have come forward to say they had relationships with Tiger.