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No longer a rumor?: Author says Woods in Miss. sex addiction rehab clinic

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - What started out as nothing more than a running joke and Internet rumors, now appears to possibly be true.

According to ESPN.com late Tuesday, which cited noted author Benoit Denizet-Lewis -- who wrote a book titled "America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life" -- Denizet wrote on his blog that Tiger Woods was a patient at the Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in the small town in Mississippi.

The news was first reported by radaronline.com a week ago, but media outlets could get the report confirmed because of the facility's confidentiality it binds its employees by.

Denizet-Lewis, citing an unnamed source within the clinic -- where the author was once, himself, a patient -- says he has confirmed that Woods is seeking treatment.

The report comes two days after a satirical article written by The Associated Press' ChrisTalbott in which he walks the reader through three days he spent in Hattiesburg chasing the rumor, only to meet dead-end after dead-end.

Talbott writes: "So 48 hours after starting the hunt for Tiger, I'm packing up and leaving Hattiesburg. I'm wearing the same shirt for the third day in a row and I feel like I've failed. We know he's not in New York or South Africa, and he's probably not in Arizona. So maybe Woods really is here. I'm really not sure, but if you hear anything, give me a shout."