*Gatorade may have turned its back on Tiger Woods, but the embattled golfer reportedly has the continued support of a former President of the United States.
“President Clinton spoke with Tiger and wished him well,” his spokeslman Matt McKenna tells People.com confirming a report in Golf Digest that the two had spoken.
It wasn’t clear when the phone call took place or how the phone call came about. But Clinton, who has navigated his own infidelity scandals, offered words of encouragement to the golfer, who is reportedly in an Arizona rehab facility for therapy.
Reports that President Obama also called Woods are not true, according to a White House source.
In January, President Obama told People.com he believed Woods could be rehabilitated.
“Absolutely. I don’t want to comment on his personal relationship with his wife and family, but I’m a strong believer that anybody can look within themselves, find their flaws and fix them,” he said at the time.
Golf Digest quotes Woods’s mother, Kutilda, saying that her son will make a return to successful golf career.
“He will face himself, solve the problem, and when he comes back, he will still love to play and love to win,” she said. “I think more than ever, because his closet will be cleaned out and his mind will be free.”
In dumping Woods last week, corporate sponsor Gatorade said: “We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship. We wish him all the best.”
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Tiger has returned to his home in Isleworth, Fla. and has been hitting golf balls at a range just miles from his car crash in November.
According to the report — which cites an anonymous source close to Tiger — Woods is trying to rebuild a routine for himself that centers around “golf and fitness.”
The source also says Woods and his family just returned from Arizona — where they underwent a week of “family counseling.”