It figured when Tiger Woods first caught wind of the Hank Haney book about him, coming out on March 27, that he wouldn't be happy, but that would be typical for just about anyone hearing of a former coworker writing something about them.
But to hear Tiger speak up so quickly about it, and be so honest, was a real shocker considering his recent track record with revealing anything to the media. Tiger spoke with ESPN's Bob Harig about the book, titled "The Big Miss," and his words were very to the point about just what he thought of his former coach.
"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing," Woods [said], "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 ... I just think this book is very self-serving."Haney, of course, was Tiger's swing coach for six years before the two split back in May of 2010, and the book he is coming out with is sure to have plenty of tidbits most don't get from outside the ropes of the Tiger camp.
Personally, I think it's complete bollocks that Haney would write this. Yes, making money on something is important, and we all do that with Tiger and his golf game/personal life, but I'm not sitting on Tiger's couch each afternoon chatting with him only to head home to my computer and type up the latest gossip. Haney was in his inner circle, and did hear things that Tiger, or anyone, wouldn't want relayed to the masses, yet he's going to be giving that all away in a book that Woods can't read before or ask for omissions.
I hope the book doesn't dive too deep into the personal stuff. I hope it is about his golf swing and the years as his coach and how Tiger handled certain things with him. Call him names. Poke fun at his personality complexes. Begrudge him for going weeks without contacting you. But I sure hope Haney doesn't break the man code he signed when joining Tiger as a coach and toss out everything he knows about the guy.
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