Magazine corrects Obama call story

3/1/2010 - Golf Tiger Woods

Contrary to a story in its April issue, President Barack Obama didn't make a personal call to embattled golfer Tiger Woods, Golf Digest Magazine said 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 story has been updated online. In place of the report that Obama called Woods is a quote by the President from a January interview with People magazine.

The article said that President Obama and former President Bill Clinton both called Woods following his auto accident and subsequent reports of extramarital affairs. Woods took a leave from professional golf in December. Last month, Woods made a nationally televised statement apologizing for his actions and confirming he had spent time in rehabilitation.

White House officials denied the phone call by Obama on Sunday.

On Monday, a spokesman for Clinton confirmed the call. "President Clinton spoke with Tiger and wished him well," Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said, according to People magazine.

In January, Golf Digest put Woods on the cover with Obama (the photo was a composite; the two were not together for it) and headlined the issue "10 Tips Obama Could Take From Tiger." The issue, printed before Woods' November auto accident, came out shortly after the initial reports of Woods' affairs.