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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Days before Tiger Woods' first appearance in New Zealand, police officials confirmed Sunday that the U.S. Embassy received a letter containing cyanide and threats to disrupt the New Zealand Open.

Assistant police commissioner Jon White said the threats were directed at the tournament, rather than Woods individually, but "it was clear the threats had been made because Woods, the world's No. 1 golfer, was playing."

He confirmed that a "small" amount of cyanide was in the letter mailed in New Zealand and received by the embassy in Wellington in December.

"The threatening letter was sent to the U.S. Embassy, and Israelis were also mentioned in it," White said. "We're talking and working with the diplomatic community and giving them much the same sort of advice as we are the public generally."

Independent confirmation of the cyanide letter was being sought from the U.S. Embassy, but phone calls placed by The Associated Press have not been returned. The State Department in Washington said it had not heard of the threat.