Tiger Woods may be MIA (now allegedly somewhere in Africa), but that hasn’t stopped Vanity Fair from exploiting the fallen golfer to boost their sales. The February 2009 cover of Vanity Fair features a pumped, shirtless Tiger Woods lifting iron while he glares dangerously at the lens of celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Cover

Tiger Woods Vanity Fair Cover

Tiger Woods has been hiding from public view since his bizarre car crash in November. Rumors have burned across the Net that the golfer is shacked up on a yacht in Florida, hiding out at a luxury Trump property, undergoing plastic surgery for injuries caused by his wife Elin Nordegren or possibly receiving sex addiction therapy in rehab in Arizona. Each rumor just seems crazier than the last! The latest ‘where in the world is Tiger Woods’ speculation – thanks to TMZ.com – is that the legendary golfer is holed up somewhere in Africa to keep out of public view.

Tiger Woods hasn’t been photographed in months, but that didn’t stop Vanity Fair from capitalizing on his image to boost sales of their upcoming February issue. The magazine splashed their cover with a previously unpublished photo of Woods shirtless and slightly menacing in a clear ploy to garner profits over his affairs scandal. The self-proclaimed “raw never-before-seen” photo spread by Annie Leibovitz continues inside the mag, accompanied by snarky commentary from Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger.

No matter where Tiger Woods may be trying to hide out, it seems there isn’t a hole deep enough to keep him from being exploited by the media for their own profits.

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