Book Riles Up Tiger Ahead of Season Debut

Book Riles Up Tiger Ahead of Season Debut

Tiger Woods excels at hitting irons. Irony, on the other hand, is not his forte, as was apparent in his reaction to the news that his former swing coach Hank Haney is to publish a book about their time together. "I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing, especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend,'' the former world No1 said in an interview with ESPN.com on Friday. "I think people understand that this book is about money."

This from Woods in the week he was readying himself to fly from his home in Florida to the Middle East where he will start his 2012 golfing year at the Abu Dhabi Championship, a drastic change in routine (he usually begins the season at the PGA Tour event in San Diego) prompted by a $2.5m appearance fee.

Everyone has their price, a fact of sporting life that applies as much to Tiger Woods as it does to Hank Haney. Neither man has any need to apologise for that, although Woods would do well to develop his powers of self-awareness. As for the rest of us, rather than judge the two former friends for chasing dollars, we should be grateful for the friction that now exists between them.

The 2012 season, in which the Ryder Cup will be contested in Chicago in the autumn, already promised to be one for the ages. Now there is even more to look forward to.

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