Tiger Woods has spoken of his disappointment with his former coach, Hank Haney, for Haney’s upcoming book on their six-year partnership.
In an interview with ESPN, Woods branded Haney’s tell-all book as “unprofessional and very disappointing.”
Haney, who worked with the former world number one between 2004 and 2010, will release his book, The Big Miss, in March.
With the publication date in the weeks leading up to the Masters in April, it is sure to be an unwanted off-course distraction for Woods.
Talking to ESPN, Woods said: “I think it’s unprofessional and very disappointing. 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. I just think this book is very self-serving.”
Haney says that the book hasn’t crossed any lines and offers a fair and even account of their partnership.
Responding to Woods’ comments on Twitter last night, Haney said: “I was a witness to greatness. And I get asked the question all the time about Tiger. I wanted to talk about it and I wanted to share it with people. That’s the bottom line.
“I’m not sure I understand the unprofessionalism part. He hasn’t read the book. There’s a lot of positives in there. I think he’s the greatest golfer who ever lived.
“I was just in a position to observe greatness and anyone who observes greatness likes to share it. I feel like I wrote a book that was fair and honest. It’s golf history.”