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
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