The plot has thickened involving the tale that the New York Post’s fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil reported this morning about Tiger Woods allegedly purchasing the “By the Sea” estate on 5.9 acres in Southampton, N.Y., which had been on the market for $65,000,000. Newsday’s Laura Mann now is reporting that the listing agent says that Woods was not the buyer and the report is false, and Woods’ own representatives have told Radar Online the same thing. Mann had reported yesterday that the sale of the property had closed a week ago, but did not have the identity of the buyer. Whom to believe? Who knows? Keil is seldom wrong, but all of us in the celebrity real estate business make mistakes from time to time. By the same token, we would say (in a voice laden, if not dripping, with sarcasm) that we’ve never heard of real estate agents or PR representatives to, um, you know, lie, about buyers’ or sellers’ identities, particularly if a confidentiality agreement was breached. So the bottom line is that until the deal is recorded with Suffolk County, we won’t know who the buyer was. (That’s why we always put “reportedly” in our recounting of material published elsewhere.) If a deal did indeed close recently, it should be recorded soon, so we’ll all know shortly who the buyer was. One quick way of knowing if it was Woods: he tends to buy a lot of his real estate through the name of a financial manager named Christopher J. Hubman. Alternately (or in addition), Woods purchases a lot of his land through his Sea Turtle LLC company. Stay tuned………