Dec 10, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT
Two PGA Tour golfers who were quoted by a Life & Style Magazine reporter as saying critical things about Tiger Woods are saying that they never talked with the magazine. Wednesday’s online edition of Life & Style Weekly included an article with quotes from Ben Crane and Charles Warren about Woods and wife Elin Nordegren. According to the magazine, Crane is supposed to have said, “He’s (Tiger’s) a phony and a fake and he can’t retain that squeaky-clean endorsement deal any longer.” Warren is supposed to have referred to Woods as a “bastard,” and said that his wife should leave him.
But earlier today Crane told The Associated Press that he was never at the location where the interview took place, and he has not spoken about Woods’ situation.
Similarly, Warren said he never talked to anyone from Life & Style.
From Wednesday’s Life & Style online article:
“This is no surprise to anyone who knows Tiger,” Crane tells Life & Style. “He’s a phony and a fake and he can’t retain that squeaky-clean endorsement deal any longer.”
Crane also believes Elin may have known about Tiger’s other women. “She’s no fool,” Crane says, adding that perhaps Elin “turned a blind eye because of the money and the kids and the lifestyle he provides.”
“She (Elin) was very young when Jesper introduced them,” Warren tells Life & Style. “She had stars in her eyes and maybe dollar signs too. But no, she should not stay with him. What kind of message would that send to her sister and mother and all the women out there? That your husband can be a bastard but as long as he makes the deal worthwhile, you’ll stay?”
Life & Style editors said that a freelance reporter wrote the article, and they are investigating.
Golfers deny making critical Tiger comments [NBCSports]
Tiger’s colleagues speak out [Life & Style]
2 PGA Tour Pros On Tiger: ‘Phony, Fake, Bastard’ [SportsbyBrooks]
Parvenik regrets introducing Nordegren to Woods, suggests a different club next time [Out of Bounds]
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