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More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:46 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 4:51 pm
Tiger Woods spends time at Fort Bragg in 2004. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Just when we thought the Navy SEALS story about Tiger Woods was dead, revealed even more from the upcoming Hank Haney book and it’s even more intense than you think.

"The Big Miss" is the upcoming Haney account of his time with Tiger, and while the book hasn’t hit the stores yet, pieces keep leaking and it just gets juicier and juicer. 

So we know that Tiger thought about becoming a Navy SEAL, but how intense was he? According to the book, incredibly. Tiger went on multiple training sessions with the SEALS, and even did a three-day parachute training session just 18 days before the 2006 U.S. Open, which prompted the following e-mail from Haney to Woods.

With the U.S. Open 18 days away, do you think it was a good idea to go on a Navy SEALs mission? You need to get that whole SEALs thing out of your system and stick to playing Navy SEAL on the video games. I can tell by the way you are talking and acting that you still want to become a Navy SEAL. Man, are you crazy? You have history to make in golf and people to influence and help. Focus on your destiny, and that isn't flushing bad guys out of buildings in Iraq. Just play the video games some more. That Navy SEAL stuff is serious business. They use real bullets.

The four page excerpt on has even more about his infatuation with the SEALS, saying Tiger went as far as to play SEALS-based video games for days on end and even told Haney they’d make an age-exception for him if he wanted to join, but your best bet is to head over to their site and read the whole thing for yourself. 

Tiger might have dismissed questions about this last week, but the more information that comes out, the more he’s going to get the random reporter wondering just how far he was willing to take this idea before he finally snubbed it. 

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Category: Golf

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:09 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

They use REAL bullets.... Really genius?

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:44 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

Tiger was Haney's cash cow. You could hear the desperation in Haney's message to Tiger about dropping the SEALS idea. He feared the gravy train was about to end. When it did come to an end, he figured the only way to continue making money off Tiger was to write a book.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:30 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

sportsdvl is letting hatred influence his judgement. At that time he could benchpress 400 pounds, so for someone like you to tell us how capable he is, is laughable. I'd love to watch you say all that to his face, you know, just you and him alone. Obviously the SEALS thought he was capable if they offered to waive the age limit.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:22 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

This story is stupid.  Eldrich a SEAL?  Seriously, the guy couldn't fight off a stick thin model with a golf club when he was in an SUV!

Anyone who believes the SEALS were going to make an exception for him to "join" and that he seriously gave this consideration is a moron.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:10 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

Wow, this is some strange stuff...A Navy SEAL? Right, Tiger...

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:10 pm

More info comes out about Tiger and the SEALS

I am no fan of tiger by any means, but I do admire that he gave some consideration to joining the SEALS.  The reality is that no one joins the SEALS upon enlistment, they only get the opportunity to try out so to speak.  Tiger would still have to sign a 4 year contract, and if he did not make the SEALS, would have had to have done something else for the duration of his contract.  Or, he could have been like the former professional boxer that joined the Marines and then literally cried his way out while still in boot camp.  Tiger needs to stick to golf, even though I hope he never wins anything meaningful again.   

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