Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, has responded to an excerpt from former coach Hank Haney’s forthcoming book, “The Big Miss,” released in Golf Digest. There was a claim in the excerpt about Woods’ personal life, saying he once considered joining the Navy SEALs.
“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 excerpt was released just days before Woods plays in this week’s Honda Classic. The book will be released the week prior to the Masters.
“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.”
Woods has a press conference scheduled after his Wednesday pro-am at PGA National.