Golfers say they weren’t interviewed about Woods

Two golfers quoted by a weekly magazine as making disparaging

remarks about Tiger Woods and his marriage said Thursday night they

never spoke to the publication.

In a story that Life & Style posted on its Web site, Ben

Crane is quoted as saying Woods is a “phony and a fake” and that

Woods’ wife knew about allegations of extramarital affairs. It also

quotes Charles Warren as saying Woods’ wife “had stars in her eyes

and maybe dollar signs too” and should leave him.

The magazine said in a statement it was investigating.

“This is unbelievable,” Ben Crane told The Associated Press

from his Dallas-area home. “I never said a word about anything.

They print this and put my name next to it.”

Warren said through his agent that he has not given an interview

of any kind in two months.

“I have not spoken to Life & Style magazine, so there is no

story here,” Warren said in a statement.

Crane’s agent, Tommy Limbaugh of 4UManagement, said a magazine

official told him the interview took place at the PGA Tour

Qualifying tournament last week at Bear Lakes Country Club in West

Palm Beach, Fla.

Crane finished 51st on the PGA Tour money list this year and was

not at Q-school. Warren, who finished 147th on the money list,

withdrew from Q-school before the final round. He was too far back

to earn his card.

“We sent an experienced freelance reporter to a golf tournament

attended by several PGA pros,” the magazine said in a statement.

“Our reporter spoke with two golfers who presented themselves as

Ben Crane and Charles Warren. We are taking these claims very

seriously and investigating further.”

Asked if the magazine took photos of the golfers it interviewed,

a spokeswoman declined further comment. Life & Style published

the quotes Wednesday afternoon, and several Web sites posted them

Thursday.

Crane said he first learned about the quotes Thursday morning

when his agent called.

“At that point, I was like, ‘OK, that’s the farthest thing from

the truth,”’ Crane said. “I didn’t realize I should be

proactively calling you and (other journalists) until all of a

sudden the tour called and said they wanted to run it (on

television).”