20 Mar 2012

Former coach describes Woods as rarely satisfied and self centred

6:44 pm on 20 March 2012

A new book on former world golf number one Tiger Woods written by his coach of six years, reveals a complicated person who's rarely satisfied and is self-centred in his pursuit of greatness.

The Big Miss chronicles the six years Hank Haney spent as Wood's swing coach after taking up the role in 2004.

Haney says Woods work ethic in the gym was geared towards being accepted as an athlete.

Haney also tells a story from a close friend of Woods who revealed the complete tear of Woods' left knee ligaments really happened in 2007 at a Kill House, an urban warfare simulator, when he lost his balance and was kicked in the knee.

The injuries are relevant because Woods has had four surgeries on his left knee and he withdrew from his last tournament two weeks ago at Doral with tightness in his left Achilles tendon, the same one which caused him to miss two majors last year.

Haney does not consider the book a tell-all and much of it reveals Woods' pursuit of his place in history but also delves into the relationship Woods had with his ex-wife and how guarded they were in public.

He also says Woods told him his ex-wife wanted him to take two years away from golf after his serial adultery was exposed.

Haney says he was paid 60 thousand dollars a year for the job with a 30 thousand dollar bonus if Woods won a major.