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.