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FEDS TALK TO WOODS ABOUT DRUG DOCTOR

Tiger Woods has been interviewed by federal authorities investigating a Canadian doctor accused of distributing human growth hormone, the Associated Press and New York Times reported Wednesday.

Woods previously acknowledged that he has been treated by Dr. Anthony Galea, but he and Galea have said the treatment consisted only of blood plasma replacement therapy on his left knee and that no performance-enhancing drugs were involved.

"Tiger willingly spoke to the authorities and cooperated fully," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "It was confirmed that because he did nothing illegal, he is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Because there is an ongoing investigation involving others, there will be no further comment."

Barbara Burns, a spokeswoman for U.S. District Attorney William Hochul, declined to comment.

The Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are among athletes who have said they have been contacted by federal investigators about Galea, who denies wrongdoing. In April, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez met with three Major League Baseball officials and told them he didn't receive performance-enhancing drugs from Galea.

Galea, who is based in Toronto and is not authorized to work in the United States, is accused of repeatedly entering the country to treat athletes from MLB, the NFL and PGA. No athletes are identified by name in the government's criminal complaint or supporting affidavit, which describes Galea, 50, traveling to meet with pros in Tampa Bay, New York City, Boston, Washington and other metro areas from July through September of last year.

A May 18 criminal complaint charged Galea with conspiracy, smuggling, distributing human growth hormone and introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce.

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Around the tours

Lee Westwood was taken to a hospital in Versailles, France, for tests after a doctor feared a swollen calf muscle could have been caused by a blood clot. Instead, Westwood, ranked No. 3 in the world, was told he was probably suffering a reaction to the heat wave in France. His spokesman, Stuart Cage, said Westwood, 37, was released from the hospital and given an anti-inflammatory dressing for the muscle. Westwood is in Versailles for the French Open. ... Even as the economy continues to lag and the PGA Tour is looking for a half-dozen title sponsors, commissioner Tim Finchem said he doesn't envision a smaller schedule in the next few years.

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Bay area notes

Jennifer Cully, a teaching professional at Apollo Beach Golf Club, was named one of the top 50 female teaching professionals in the country by Golf Digest. Cully, 41, who spends her summers in Pennsylvania but teaches here full time in the winter and spring, has been a teaching pro for 19 years. ... Ken Palladino of Dunedin and Rod Spittle of Canada shot 70 Tuesday at Dunedin Country Club to qualify for the Senior U.S. Open on July 29-Aug. 1 in Seattle. The two alternates from the one-day qualifier were William Copeland of New Port Richey and Fred Curtis of St. Petersburg.

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Tampa Bay Golf Tour

Tampabay.com/golf is a one-stop guide to golf in our area. Information about every public and executive course is broken down by county and price range. Maps are also available for each course. Additionally, we are building a library of video reviews so you can see what the courses look like.

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New this week

Lexington Oaks Golf Club: If you like flat courses with open fairways and lots of wetlands, Lexington Oaks is right up your alley. And we do mean lots of wetlands. Water is directly or indirectly in play on all 18 holes. Several holes have carries over marshland, either off the tee or in front of the greens. Make sure your golf bag is full of balls, because it's easy to lose them on this course.

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New next week

River Ridge Golf Course: It's a quirky course. It runs through a housing development but also has holes in dense woods and marshland. It's not long - par is 68 - but has challenging par 3s and a few long holes, including the 530-yard par-5 11th. The par-3 fourth hole has an island green, and the 15th hole has a drive over a road from the blue tees. The choice of club off the tee determines everything on this course.

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