Ahh yes, it’s back. More talk about “The Big Miss,” the upcoming Hank Haney book about his time teaching Tiger Woods.
Tiger’s not happy that it’s written, and now he’s not happy about the excerpts that were released yesterday.
The one that appears to really have ticked off Team Tiger is the one where Hank talks about how he became obsessed with the NAVY SEALS and that he considered joining them. Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, fired back last night, according to GolfChannel.com’s Ryan Ballengee:
“Based on the excerpts published today, Hank Haney’s claim that his book is about golf is clearly false. His armchair psychology about Tiger, on matters he admits they didn’t even discuss, is ridiculous,” Steinberg said in an email. “Because of his father, it’s no secret that Tiger has always had high respect for the military, so for Haney to twist that admiration into something negative is disrespectful.”
“The disruptive timing of this book shows that Haney’s self-promotion is more important to him than any other person or tournament,” Steinberg said. “What’s been written violates the trust between a coach and player and someone also once considered a friend.”
Damn. Someone is not happy. Look, I like Hank and really enjoy watching his TV show, but I’m not sure the book was the best idea. If it comes off as a tell-all, or peering into stuff it shouldn’t have, it will make Tiger look bad.
Now on the other hand if these are just a couple random things and the rest of the book is about golf, then I’ll admit I’m wrong and say that Tiger is wrong for overreacting. We’ll see what the truth is the last week of March.
So then today, Golfweek’s Alex Miceli attempted to find out if this claim made in the book was true, and he hit a little roadblock at Tiger’s Honda Classic press conference:
Q. I’m sorry, the book thing is out there and you guys have commented about it; specifically in regards to being a Navy SEAL and considering being a Navy SEAL during the height of your career, was that something you were considering?
TIGER WOODS: I’ve already talked about everything‑‑ in the book, yes, I’ve already commented on everything, Alex.
Q. Then I must have missed you answering that question.
TIGER WOODS: Well, I’ve already commented on the book. Is that in the book? Is it in the book?
Q. I don’t know; I haven’t seen the book.
TIGER WOODS: You’re a beauty, you know that. (Smiling).
Q. That’s a fair question, right, you guys are suggesting that there’s something wrong with the excerpts in the book, I’m just trying to find out if that’s true or not.
TIGER WOODS: I don’t know. Have a good day.
Here’s the video, courtesy of The Big Lead. Needless to say, Tiger doesn’t want to talk about this book anymore: