JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two golfers quoted by a weekly magazine as making disparaging remarks about Tiger Woods and his marriage said last night they never spoke to the publication.
In a story that Life & Style posted on its Web site, Ben Crane is quoted as saying that 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.
Meanwhile, at an event honoring a high school golf team in Palm Beach, Calif., golf legend Jack Nicklaus said the fallout over Woods' car crash and allegations of extramarital affairs is "none of my business."
"Our public is pretty forgiving at times," Nicklaus said yesterday. "Time usually heals all wounds. I think the hardest thing is obviously his family. That's a private matter for him and his family."