Two accomplished PGA Tour pros who have earnings in the millions slammed Tiger Woods in today’s issue of LIFE & STYLE magazine.
Ben Crane, who has a PGA Tour win under his belt and nearly $5 million in earnings said of his fellow PGA Tour member:
“He’s a phony and a fake and he can’t retain that squeaky-clean endorsement deal any longer.” Crane also believes Elin (Nordegren) may have known about Tiger’s other women. “She’s no fool,” Crane says, adding that perhaps Elin “turned a blind eye because of the money and the kids and the lifestyle he provides.”.”
Wow. Crane is the first legitimate PGA Tour pro to come out and harshly criticize Woods. And implying Nordegren knew of Woods’ extramarital affairs is also as nasty as it gets.
Though PGA Tour pro Charles Warren really unloaded on Nordegren, implying that she might’ve been a gold digger.
PGA golfer Charles Warren agrees that it may have been more than love that attracted Elin to Tiger but that she should definitely leave him in light of what’s happened. “She was very young when Jesper introduced them. She had stars in her eyes and maybe dollar signs too. But no, she should not stay with him. What kind of message would that send to her sister and mother and all the women out there? That your husband can be a bastard but as long as he makes the deal worthwhile, you’ll stay?”
The gloves are officially off. What this shows more than anything is the simmering animosity that Tour players have had for Woods for many years. Many obviously knew of his philandering lifestyle, and perhaps knew Nordegren’s personality as well.
The on-the-record comments from Crane and Warren give us our first, genuine look into what the golf world thinks of its biggest star. Quite obviously Woods has very little support from his peers. And if he doesn’t have that, what support does he actually have - that doesn’t relate to his selling golf balls and washing machines?
*UPDATE*: The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that both men say they never spoke to Life & Style magazine.
Crane: “This is unbelievable. I never said a word about anything. They print this and put my name next to it.”
Warren: “I have not spoken to Life & Style magazine, so there is no story here.“