Blog Entry

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 6:20 pm
  •  
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Just days before he heads to the Middle East to collect an appearance fee, rather than play in the PGA Tour's event at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods lashed out at his former swing coach and characterized him as a mercenary.

In an interview Thursday with ESPN, Woods said a new book set for release this spring, authored by former swing coach Hank Haney, was done for financial gain.

"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing," Woods told ESPN.com, "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."

That's hard to envision, since Woods reads practically everything written about him these days.

Haney coached Woods for six years as the former world No. 1 put together the most sustained and successful stretch of his career in terms of consistency. Haney titled the book The Big Miss a multi-faceted reference to wild tee shots and missed opportunities. Haney quit as Woods' coach in mid-2010 as Woods labored to overcome the scandal, swing and injury issues.

Though Haney said the book isn’t a tell-all, its release, set for shortly before the Masters, is sure to cause Woods even more discomfort just as the sports world largely seems to be letting go of the scandal-related issues.

Woods next week will play on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi, where he will receive an appearance fee, rather than play in the PGA Tour's event at Torrey Pines, where Woods has experienced incredible success, winning seven times, including the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major title.

Woods hasn’t won an official event since Haney quit. Despite the disappointment, Woods told ESPN that he was thankful for his time with Haney. With the release set before the season's first major, Woods is sure to be back under the microscope in at least some uncomfortable fashion yet again.

"I just think this book is very self-serving," Woods said.

  •  
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:13 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

I LOVE THE FACT THAT HE'S WRITING THIS BOOK. I'M GOING TO READ IT AND WILL PASS IT ON TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO READ IT. TIGER IS A SCUMBAG. HOPE IT MAKES HIM GO DOWNHILL EVEN MORE. PERFECT TIMING WITH THE RELEASE. HAHAHA HOPE IT RUINS THAT WEEK OF GOLF FOR HIM. I GOT NO RESPECT FOR TIGER FOR WHAT HE PUT HIS FAMILY THROUGH YEARS AGO. WITHOUT HIS DADDY TO KEEP HIM IN HIS PLACE ALL THESE YEARS, HE GOES OUT AND DOES THAT? IMMATURE LITTLE RICH KID! YOU WOULD EXPECT CRAP LIKE THAT FROM A LOWLIFE WITH A BAD UPBRINGING. SO GO OUT THERE TIGER AND KEEP GETTING BEAT BY ALL THESE GUYS WHO REALLY SHOULDN'T BE BEATING  YOU! THERE ARE ALOT WHO ARE ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:37 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

I think Haney is killing himself as a coach right now.

Why would another golfer want him as a coach only to know he could end up writing a book about you later on?
Same with Steve Williams.

these two men were supposed friends of Tiger's and they are going to put out books/ 

It is a money grab and a slap in the face.

For Haney to release the book right before the Masters is pathetic.

I have lost all respect for the man without ever having to read the book.

For the record:  I think the same about White House appointees, on either side of the aisle.  I think it is BS that a President gives a position to someone only to have them write a book too capitalize on it as soon as they are out of office.
Some of those books are fine (Condi's was good), but the ones that act as if they are revealing secrets and trashing people... pathetic.



Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:35 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Apples to oranges. One has nothing to do with the other. But since you went there, Mr. Elling, are you wondering who else is getting an appearance fee in Abu Dhabi? Check this out  , perhaps you can pick something else out of that one to continue with your Tiger bashing.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:30 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Not remotely interested in reading the book!  Haney is a low class individul to get rich off another man's mistakes.  Truly low class.  Anyone that reads it, should check their morality measure as well.  Golf is ready to get cranking again and that is why Tiger became Tiger anyway.  Madonna, Hue Heffner, and Dennis Rodman would write their own lusty book.  Tiger should stop worrying about his image, embrace it for what it was and rip the golf course up this year.  At the end of the day, the same people who despised him for tearing into all those beautiful white women, will be the same people buying the book to ead about it.  Sick, twisted and totally confused!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:47 am
 

Endorsements

I am dissappointed to learn Tiger does not drink Gatorade, wear a Tag Heuer, shave with a Fusion, and have Uverse at home.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:21 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

If it weren't for Tiger, what would all of you anti-Tigers do with your spare time?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Tiger's right.  Haney wants the money.  Why else would he do it?  Hank's on TV now and likes the limelight.  To be honest I follow golf but didn't really know about Hank until Tiger hired him.  Back then, I think Tiger could have hired a tree stump and got the same results.  His father Earl I think is most responsible for his early winnings.  

First of all of course Haney wants money, who the hell doesn't?  Call him greedy and anything else you wanna call him but the bottom line is Tiger isn't any better then him.   I can prove that to you right now.   What do Nike, Rolex, Fuse Science,  At & T, Gatorade and Gillette have in common?  They all signed Tiger to endorsement deals.  Why did they pay Tiger a disgusting amount of money to endorse their products instead of paying a guy like me pennies to do it?  Because it's a proven fact sales skyrocket when a guy like Tiger endorses a product by putting his name and face to it.  Now here's the point I'm trying to make.  Am I supposed to believe that Tiger believes all of these companies are tops in their fields?  Am I supposed to believe those companies were all Tiger's favourites in their respective fields and that Tiger honestly believed in those companies?  If you believe that then you better do something about that huge hold in your head, get it sealed or something.

The ONLY reason Tiger signed endorsement deals with those companies was MONEY !!!   They paid him a fortune to do as he's told and say exactly what they wanted him to say and Tiger did exactly that.  He didn't believe in all of those companies or believe they were the best in their respective field... not a chance man.

So now it's Haney's turn, now he gets to make some money.  A publisher offered him big bucks and he's taking advantage of that.  What's wrong with that?  As long as it's not proven that he lied in his book then I have no problem with it.  Then again if Tiger is convincing people to buy into all the endorsements he's signed when he doesn't believe what he's talking about then maybe lying is ok?

Oh by the way, your last line was ridiculous.  Swing coaches and caddies can make or break ANY golfer, don't kid yourself.   There is a reason why the best golfers in the world invest a ton of money in coaches,  and that reason is the good ones are great at what they do and the less experienced and bad coaches aren't so good.  By saying Woods could have won easily without Haney you're insulting every single pro golfer on the tour because they all use somebody. 

 



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Why does Tiger play golf? Money,money,money,money. Sure he wrote this book for money and this is America where even causasin people have the right to make money writing books Tiger. Tiger is racist because he thinks he is the only one that is supposed to make money. Tiger just shut up and try to play golf which you haven't been very good at since you left Hank Haney.




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:49 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Woods is a dirtbag first...which simply means he has a lot to hide.
There is a simple way to repair things for people like Tiger...live life with some integrity!
What is integrity...it's what you do when no one is looking!
If you do the right things in life, you don't have to worry about what is said in books or in public opinion...instead, you can go home at night and sleep well.
Woods instead is a self-serving, 'me-first' dirtbag, who wouldn't be able to recognize integrity if it slapped him in the face!
Why don't you climb under that rock you had removed out at the Phoenix Open several years ago...and while you're at it, take a good book with you for your reading enjoyment...might as well make it Haney's!
Dirtbag!



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:10 am
 

Woods: Haney wrote book for the payday

Tiger's right.  Haney wants the money.  Why else would he do it?  Hank's on TV now and likes the limelight.  To be honest I follow golf but didn't really know about Hank until Tiger hired him.  Back then, I think Tiger could have hired a tree stump and got the same results.  His father Earl I think is most responsible for his early winnings.  


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com