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March 02, 2010

Golf Digest retracts story that Obama called Woods

Posted at 9:12 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Barack Obama, Tiger Woods

If Golf Digest has any more embarrassments involving President Barack Obama, the magazine just might join the Tea Party Movement.

First was the magazine's January 2010 cover illustration showing Obama and Tiger Woods with the cover line "10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger," which hit newsstands just when Woods was offering America tips on how to get your mistress to change her voicemail message and how to stonewall the cops after a suspicious car accident.

Now, an article in the April issue of Golf Digest says that Obama called Woods to offer encouragment after Woods's Thanksgiving night car accident and subsequent revelations of affairs. One problem though; the call never happened. ESPN.com, which carried the initial report of the Obama call, filed a correction late Monday.

"An article in the April issue of Golf Digest incorrectly reported that President Obama made a personal call to Tiger Woods to offer encouragement," the magazine said in an e-mail sent to media outlets Monday. "Our mistake was due to a misunderstanding between the writer and a trusted source. We regret the error."

The White House also denied that Obama made a personal call to Woods.

Golf Digest has corrected the story online, adding a statement Obama made about Woods to People Magazine in January.

In the same story, Golf Digest also reported that former President Bill Clinton called Woods to offer support. People Magazine independently confirmed that report with Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna.

UPDATE: In Golf Digest's second correction to Jaime Diaz's "Eye of the Storm" story about Tiger Woods in its April issue, the magazine said that Clinton did not call Woods to offer support.

The story also stated that President Clinton called Woods to offer personal support. Upon further reporting, we found that Mr. Clinton had "wished him well" in a telephone conversation, but that it was Woods who had placed the call to Mr. Clinton on "something unrelated," according to the former president's spokesman, Matt McKenna. Our mistakes in both cases were due to a misunderstanding between the writer and a trusted source. We regret the errors.

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