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Golfweek cover fans controversy

The Tiger Woods-Kelly Tilghman flap that involved the TV golf commentator's use of the word "lynch" as imagery just got bumped up a notch or two.

If you missed it, Tilghman, during the course of an on-air conversation with another announcer (Nick Faldo), said the only way that young golfers could ever hope to stop the unstoppable Woods was to take him in an alley and lynch him. A friend of Woods', Tilghman promptly apologized, saying there was no intended racial connotation. Woods brushed off the matter.  Others were less forgiving. In the end, Tilghman was suspended for two weeks.

Now comes Golfweek magazine, one of the sport's most prominent publications with a discussion of the issue in its latest edition and as illustration, there's a stark image of a noose on the cover. While the magazine might have intended to shed light, what it has done is create even more heat.

PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement: "... we consider Golfweek's imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible. It smacks of tabloid journalism."

In the edition of the magazine with the noose, the magazine's editors wrote the following about the controversy surrounding the TV commentator's remark and her punishment: "The furor begs rational analysis."

Instead, the magazine's cover has only added fuel to the fire.

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