Tiger Woods Calls Haney Book ‘Unprofessional’

by | January 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM | Golf, Sports

(Crown Archetype/AP)

Hank Haney’s book on Tiger Woods, “The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods,” will hit shelves in March, just a few weeks shy of this year’s Masters tournament in April. It’s expected to shed light on the world’s most famous golfer, both the good and the bad.

On Thursday, the former No. 1 golfer aired his grievances concerning the book in a telephone interview with ESPN. Not surprisingly, Woods is unhappy about its contents and even less thrilled with Haney’s motives.

“I think it’s unprofessional and very disappointing,” Woods told ESPN.com in a telephone interview, “especially because it’s someone I worked with and trusted as a friend.

“There have been other one-sided books about me, and I think people understand that this book is about money. I’m not going to waste my time reading it.”

Haney spent six years helping Woods hone his swing. He watched Tiger win 31 PGA Tour events, including six major championships in that time span. But in May of 2010, Woods decided it was time to move on and the pair parted ways. That’s when Haney decided he had a story to tell.

Haney, who did not return ESPN’s request for comment Thursday, offered a rough outline of the book’s agenda via Twitter.

“The Big Miss is golf history. I observed greatestness [sic] and am asked about it all the time. I wanted to share it in a fair and honest way,” he wrote.

Woods, who was at a golf course near his South Florida home preparing for his season debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship later this month, did not elaborate much beyond his initial comments regarding the book or his falling out with Haney. He did, however, suggest that the timing of the book’s release was no coincidence.

“That is what I alluded to earlier,” [Woods] said. “I just think this book is very self-serving.”

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.