Tiger gets Twitchy answering questions about Haney’s Book

Tiger Woods on Wednesday deflected questions on the subject of Haney’s book during a Honda Classic news conference that at times became contentious. Tiger’s agent strongly criticized an excerpt from a book about his clients  admiration for the Navy Seals and the military, Steinberg said;

“For Haney to twist that admiration into something negative is disrespectful.”

Hank Haney wrote that Tiger Woods discussed leaving golf for military life, a subject the golfer would not discuss during his news conference. Tiger took umbrage with the reporter, and dismissed him with;

“I’ve already talked about everything, you’re a beauty; have a good day.”

Tiger  is trying to win his first official PGA Tour title since the 2009 BMW Championship, the 71st of his PGA Tour career. Since then he has gone nearly four years without winning a major championship, a quest Haney has surmised was consuming Woods long ago, before his  off-course troubles in late 2009 halted his winning ways. Haney wrote;

” For me, the job got harder, there was more urgency and less fun. Tiger was more irritable and impatient. He never mentioned Jack Nicklaus’ record, but it started to weigh more heavily at every major. And Tiger’s actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than everyone else thought. In retrospect, 2007 was when Tiger began to lose the joy of playing and began to look at his career as something he wanted to get over with sooner rather than later.”

Woods, who is now 36, said of Jack’s record of 18 Majors;

“It’s going to take an entire career to do it, and that’s something I knew starting out.”

Jack Nicklaus won four major titles after turning 38, including three after age 40, he said about Tiger’s ambition to beat his record;

“My opinion, I still think Tiger will regain what he does, he will come back and play very, very well. Whether he will break my record or not, that’s another issue. I think he probably will. He still has to go do it, not only do it, but he has to win more majors, five. More than anyone has playing today. That’s a pretty good task.”

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“The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods,” by Hank Haney, is due from publisher Crown Archetype on March 27.