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Tiger blasts ex-coach's tell-all book

Tiger Woods has criticized former coach Hank Haney for writing a book about their time together in an interview with ESPN.

"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing," Woods told in a telephone interview, "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."

Haney took to Twitter in response: “The Big Miss is golf history. I observed greatness and am asked about it all the time. I wanted to share it in a fair and honest way.”

Haney began working with Woods at the Bay Hill Invitational in 2004. They parted ways a month after the 2010 Masters, where Woods made his return to golf after being exposed for having multiple extramarital affairs that shattered his image and led to a divorce.

Most of the people involved with Woods have signed nondisclosure agreements. Haney said he signed no such thing - "I didn't even have a contract," he said - although he said the book was not intended to "take jabs at anyone".

Haney was the second of three coaches Woods has used as a professional, but he was involved during perhaps the most intriguing spell of the 14-time major winner's career.

He received more criticism than any other coach, even though Woods won 29 tournaments, including six majors, during their six years.

Woods went nine months without winning after going to work with Haney. Starting with the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan at the end of the 2005 season, however, he won 46 per cent of the tournaments he played worldwide.

The “Big Miss” is scheduled for release on March 27 - one week before the Masters.

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