1 Mar 2012

Woods gets testy about book by former coach

6:45 pm on 1 March 2012

A testy Tiger Woods has shut down questions about his former coach Hank Haney's book about him in a sometimes contentious pre-tournament media session ahead of the next PGA golf tour event the Honda Classic in Florida.

In a terse exchange with a reporter who pressed him on Haney's claim that Woods considered giving up golf to pursue a military career Wood said he'd said everything he had to say on the matter.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said earlier this week after excerpts of Haney's book "The Big Miss" were released that the coach had twisted Woods' admiration for the military into something negative.

In January, Woods criticised Haney, saying his decision to write the book was unprofessional and very disappointing.

Woods worked with Haney from 2004 to 2009, during which time Woods won six of his 14 major titles.

Haney's book, and Woods's reluctance to discuss it, overshadowed the fact that this week marks the American's return to the Honda Classic, now held at PGA National, for the first time since he played the event as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993.