December 10, 2009
On Thursday afternoon, the magazine Life & Style quoted PGA Tour pros Ben Crane (pictured at right) and Charles Warren as making quotes critical of Tiger Woods. According to the magazine, Crane called Woods a "phony and a fake" and Warren indicated that Elin Woods, Tiger's wife, "had stars in her eyes, and maybe dollar signs too," and further indicated that Elin should leave Tiger.
Provocative stuff, PGA players criticizing the Tour's greatest draw. There's just one problem: it now appears that it didn't happen, at least not the way Life & Style said it did.
Crane has strongly denied making the comments to Life & Style, saying that it would have been impossible for him to do so.
"Ben was very surprised and shocked to see these comments," Crane's agent, Tommy Limbaugh, said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. "He never talked to anyone at Life & Style. He's done no interviews since the Children's Miracle Network at Disney Nov. 15. Ben wishes only the best for Tiger and Elin."
Warren's manager, Thomas Parker, echoed Crane's sentiments. "He's never spoken to this magazine," Parker said. "There's no story here."
"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." Yahoo! Sports has made inquiries to Life & Style magazine, but calls and emails to two individuals at the magazine have not as yet been returned.
The article has been pulled from Life & Style's main page, though at the moment it is still visible via direct link.
Limbaugh told the AP a magazine official indicated that the interview was conducted at the PGA Tour's Q School last week at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. However, Crane ended this season ranked 51st on the money list, and thus would have had no need to qualify for the PGA Tour through Q School. Warren was, however, listed in the field at the tournament.
Clearly, more coming.
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