Golf Digest had reported in an upcoming article (available online here) that President Obama had personally called Tiger Woods to offer encouragement after his scandal broke, but the magazine is retracting that part of its story.
Golf Digest Executive Director of Public Relations Meg D'Incecco e-mails this statement:
An article in the April issue of Golf Digest incorrectly reported that President Obama made a personal call to Tiger Woods to offer encouragement.
Our mistake was due to a misunderstanding between the writer and a trusted source. We regret the error.
The story had made waves in the sports world over the weekend after it came to light, attracting a headline and on-air mentions from ESPN. The mention that Obama had called woods appeared just over 2/3 of the way through the 1,870-word article; it was by no means the article's primary focus.
Golf Digest also reported that former President Bill Clinton had called Woods to offer support. The magazine stands by that report.
My earlier post on Golf Digest's reporting has been updated with a correction as well.
UPDATE: Clinton didn't call woods, either: Golf Digest corrects its story to say that Clinton and Woods spoke, and Clinton wished Tiger well, but it was Woods who called Clinton (on "something unrelated," not the other way around. D'Incecco e-mails this further correction:
Correction: An earlier version of this story posted online (and published in the April issue of Golf Digest) had two errors. We incorrectly reported that President Obama made a personal call to Tiger Woods to offer encouragement. Though the president commented publicly, that call never occurred. 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.