Golfers say they weren’t interviewed about Woods

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP)—Two American golfers quoted by a weekly U.S. magazine as making disparaging remarks about Tiger Woods and his marriage said on Thursday 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,” 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 U.S. PGA Tour Qualifying tournament last week at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach.

Crane finished 51st on the 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 on Wednesday, and several Web sites posted them Thursday.

Crane said he first learned about the quotes early Thursday 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).”

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  1. PDXScott
    96. Posted by PDXScott Sat Dec 12 12:12pm EST

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    Tiger Woods doesn't seem to worry about Karma. I won't be the least bit surprised if he ends up testing positive for HIV or some other STD. Which means he probably exposed Elin to every disease known to man. How do you Tiger supporters feel about that?
  2. Patty K
    95. Posted by Patty K Sat Dec 12 11:11am EST

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    Point is.....He is a great golfer, period......his private love life has nothing to do with his golfing career as far as I am concerned. He without sin cast the first stone anyway. Everyone is just jealous of his success like always...magazines and newspapers love these happenings, it makes them richer and richer on the backs of peoples problems. Juicy stuff always outsells anything!!! People need to worry more about their own lives and where the country is headed with the ones in political power than the golfers love lives....
  3. <i>jerjorju</i>
    94. Posted by jerjorju Sat Dec 12 11:05am EST

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    @ Adam (#92) That was right on target. I probably would have used different terminology but I think you were on point.
  4. Bill
    93. Posted by Bill Sat Dec 12 11:04am EST

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    Divorce the bastard fast and blow all of his money you can.
  5. Harold
    92. Posted by Harold Sat Dec 12 10:55am EST

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    Ihope TIGER make some porn movies some you CREEPS can buy them and he makes another BILLION off of you JUG HEADS,
  6. kaptklda
    91. Posted by kaptklda Sat Dec 12 10:08am EST

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    Nature makes up for a piece of @#$% by giving them looks,luck andor talent.No tall,mind u ,but definitely the majority
  7. <i>ekeanyanwucj50</i>
    90. Posted by ekeanyanwucj50 Sat Dec 12 9:04am EST

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    So Tiger had a few transgressions,so what?Who is without blame,let him throw the first stone.What many of the writers can not admit is their jealousy for the guy's success.Yeah,they will not admit it.What would be the reaction of the media and the world if he were to fail a drug test?The worst part is some writing nonsence about Tiger are themselves cheats to there partners or wives.
    Will sincerely tell Tiger to take his time and come back to pursue equalling Jack Nicklaus record and you know what?The same media will fall over themselves trying to get interview and will forget ever writing anything degrading about him .
  8. <i>mr.bbanks08</i>
    89. Posted by mr.bbanks08 Sat Dec 12 8:34am EST

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    Stinkin ass gold digging HOS
  9. <i>ya0_ming</i>
    88. Posted by ya0_ming Sat Dec 12 8:24am EST

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    Why do white women who marry black men always wear sun glass?
    Are they ashamed to show their faces in public with their husbands?
  10. fan59er
    87. Posted by fan59er Sat Dec 12 7:29am EST

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    Wow, 95 percent of the comments on this article are written by idiots. Can't even write intelligently. And what's with the racist comments? Fortunately, I only read the first 25, that was more than plenty.
  11. Adam
    86. Posted by Adam Sat Dec 12 7:13am EST

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    So Tiger, was banging bun's at every stop he made for a golf game. That is a lot of buns for the banging!
    And the story of his wife taking a golk club to the rear window to get him out?? More like she threw the golf club at the bun banger when he was leaving the house to go get some more buns. Causing the bun banger to have the accident in the first place.
    So the morale of the story is this: Guy's if you are banging bun's away from home and are leaving a wife in a foul mood? Make sure the golf clubs and guns are locked up and secured befor driving off into the sun set to bang buns.
  12. Neysa Passuer
    85. Posted by Neysa Passuer Sat Dec 12 3:30am EST

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    what woods did or will do or has done does not matter. He plays golf for a living, so who says he is perfect in an tempting situation... have you ever thought most of us within ourselves do not know why we would have extra affairs and who knows and only woods knows why, that woman or wife who knows how she is, and even the president has done it, governors, senators, majors, and low class honary aszz people like each one of you ... He plays golf for a living, and whatever his emotions and feelings express outside of that... is him however he does his family... no ones business for real... and he is certainly not in anyones elses business.. because everyone on this who is writing has something weird besides your job... so take your fat aszzes on mind your own @#$%n business... it is life..
  13. <i>shimaun3</i>
    84. Posted by shimaun3 Sat Dec 12 2:22am EST

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    Perry1555....

    It makes them @#$%s! Dirty hoe-bags who need to feel special and don't care that he's a married man. These Whores publicly parade themselves after sleeping with another woman's Husband as if they just got married or something.
  14. <i>perry155@...</i>
    83. Posted by perry155@... Sat Dec 12 2:13am EST

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    I am a old black woman golfer.After Tiger started playing I watch the golf channel and the networks everytime golf is on TV. This is because of Tiger,he is good for golf.I am very tired of the TV stations
    making him there lead story. He gets more coverage than old presidents and old congressman who
    have been screwing around with woman other than there wives for decades.

    I would like to know about these so called pillar of society woman who have the nerve to screw around
    and then after one incident hits the press about Tiger they all want to sell their story. WHAT DOES
    THIS MAKE THEM?
  15. Mr.OK
    82. Posted by Mr.OK Sat Dec 12 2:12am EST

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    listen all u feeble weakling flamingo legs, stop treating sissy whinning greedy lyin bullyin cheatin no class ugly sexual pervert monkey as god and start whipping spankin choking the sissy from now on.....mayb the sissy will quit golf and bcome porno star but hes too ugly with tiny tool , according to one of his prostitutes or mistresses or lovers or fluid exchangers......adinaro
  16. The Boo
    81. Posted by The Boo Sat Dec 12 1:50am EST

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    I think Steve is way off in his post that all pro golfers are laughing themselves to death. Most of them fully understand Tigers importance to the PGA and what his absence will mean to the tour as far as popularity and sponsor $$ Because no matter what they say they play the game to support their families.
  17. The Boo
    80. Posted by The Boo Sat Dec 12 1:45am EST

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    I first want to say. I think what Tiger did was very wrong and he will pay the price for it.. Second I find it extremely amazing that in this world of media scrutiny and 24 hour coverage that the most recognizable athlete in the world could do what Tiger did for so long and get away with it until now. I wish him and his family the best of luck in working through this troubling time........
  18. lakeshow
    79. Posted by lakeshow Sat Dec 12 1:40am EST

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    f*ck golf..it is not even a sport . it is only a game, like jacks or jump rope
  19. jaguar405
    78. Posted by jaguar405 Sat Dec 12 1:21am EST

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    Heres a thought lets just Tiger be Tiger a mortal with failings like any other man,ok? He is not invincable and will make mistakes like everyone else except his get glorified in the media because his stories sell and make money for the vultuers out there. Let him staigten his life out and see what happens with his futureok? Good luck to you Tiger and I wish you nothing but the best to you and your family.
  20. TIMBO
    77. Posted by TIMBO Sat Dec 12 1:07am EST

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    Tigga....please!!! Now he bees da black sheep of da Gooff Game! Next he goin to dangle his mongoloid child from da balcony! Don't drives da Caddy after yous dones drank da knotty Head!!
  21. Jose
    76. Posted by Jose Sat Dec 12 12:39am EST

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    Yah I decided to stop listening to all the media hype about Tiger. Though I don't accept what Tiger did, its not for us to judge him or the reason why he did it. You the media need to back off. Let him work this problem out. Tiger did a lot a good things for the game of golf and most of all the charity foundation in his name for the many kids. The media acts like this is an uncommon thing that happens. Look you who is without fault throw the first stone. Tiger take care of your business and come back to what you do best. We love seeing you out here golfing and making those miracle putts.
  22. Dale
    75. Posted by Dale Sat Dec 12 12:20am EST

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    Yes Tiger is the greatest athlete in the world and we love to watch his incredible skills but he is just a man. We worship athletes like Gods and it's no wonder they fall short. J.F.K. and Martin Luther King were adulterers yet we forgave them. Tiger never had a childhood or a good example of how to be a father. His dad raised him like a marine with golf as his only source of self-worth. Some doctors have said his actions indicate possible sexual addiction. A majority of marriages fail and most involve infidelity. Let's remember all the good he has done. Also, he has fought a new battle of the multi-racial American. 25% Thai, 25% Chinese, 25% African-American, 12.5% European, and 12.5% native American. He is the future, a man dealing with his identity. Our politicians have sent hundreds of thousands of Americans to Iraq in particular. Check out the infidelity and divorce rate of soldiers not able to see their spouses while they fight and die. Again, Tiger Woods is not a God. Like us all, he is an imperfect human being who deserves forgiveness and a chance to improve his life. Think about it America, and donate $3.99 to help soldiers and their families with therapy instead of buying a tabloid about Tiger, just a man after all. Life is full of sandtraps and water hazards. Those of you who have never made a bad decision, on the golf course or in life, let you be the first to judge Tiger Woods,
  23. <i>ashkohlidel</i>
    74. Posted by ashkohlidel Fri Dec 11 11:59pm EST

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    Yeah so Tiger had a few transgressions, big deal. It is a matter between him & his family to sort out. Wishing him all the best & hoping to see him back to playing Golf soon.
  24. Smell of Fear
    73. Posted by Smell of Fear Fri Dec 11 11:19pm EST

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    When I read the comments of someone such as "Damn Dog", it only serves to illustrate the delusion to which people will descend. This much is true; whenever someone can take the circumstances of the Tiger Woods debacle and morph it into a racially-polluted diatribe, such a person is putting their own moral imperfections on full display. Their comments are also an endorsement for the widely-held belief that such people really need to exercise self-censorship. See, even if you only THINK that people may thing your stupid, there is no rule that says you must open your mouth and confirm it.
  25. <i>coolorcosyth</i>
    72. Posted by coolorcosyth Fri Dec 11 11:14pm EST

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    Tiger and most redblooded men have had a binge or 2 or 3 in their lives.So what.
    Give him a couple of months to sort things out, whatever he & family decide, is up to
    them, media back off. But one thing for sure Tiger, we need u on the golf course not
    hiding in the mansion, see you playing soon, say early April, u still got that record to break.
    Best of Luck
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