Golf Digest Update: Tiger Called Clinton, Not the Other Way Around

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After Golf Digest reported, in an upcoming article available online and in the magazine's April issue, that both President Obama and former President Bill Clinton had called Tiger Woods to offer support after his scandal broke, it appears neither of those things happened as reported.

Golf Digest corrected its story yesterday, saying it had incorrectly reported the call from Obama, due to a misunderstanding with a source.

Today, it says Clinton did not call Woods either: the two did talk, but it was Woods who called Clinton, on an "unrelated" matter, not the other way around. Clinton did, however, wish Tiger well.

These two assertions--which only appeared in brief mentions 2/3 of the way into the 1,870-word article, and which were not the article's primary focus by any means--made a splash in the sports-news world over the weekend.

Golf Digest spokeswoman Meg D'Incecco emailed the following correction this morning:

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.
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