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March 27th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

As Tiger gets back to winning, new tell-all book casts Woods in a different light

Tiger Woods is back in the news this week in a big way – thanks to success on the golf course, but also due to a new book out today. Hank Haney is Woods' former coach, and today, his book "The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods" will bring to light some parts of the Woods story Woods would rather not discuss.

Tonight, Haney talks to Piers Morgan in a live, prime time exclusive interview at 9pmET.

This comes less than 48 hours after Woods got his first PGA Tour win since 2009, besting the field in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.

But now the story shifts to Haney. What's in the book? Here's a taste:

"Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL," read an excerpt from Haney's forthcoming book on the website of Golf Digest. One of the magazine's journalists helped write the book.

"I didn't know how he'd go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan," Haney said.

Woods' agent dismissed that passage as "armchair psychology" – and recently called the book "self-serving." But the revelations that Haney writes about will surely stir up strong feelings from Woods fans and detractors alike – and tonight, Piers Morgan asks about all of it.

Another author on "Piers Morgan Tonight" recently was Jodi Kantor, author of "The Obamas." Piers squared off with Kantor over many of the facts presented in the book:

"Piers Morgan Tonight" Executive Producer Jonathan Wald teed up tonight's interview this way:

Watch the full interview tonight at 9pmET on CNN.

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  1. Cholmondeley, Mary

    Well, he made it to walrus, I guess that counts for something.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. michael

    Tiger can't spell seal much less be one. He can spell cheat on your pregnant wife however....jerk.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nate

      He graduated from Stanford, where did you graduate from?

      March 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Alex


        March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andy

        Haha, perfect!

        March 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
      • John


        March 28, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        He did not graduate...he left Stanford after two years

        March 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Daisy Wade

        He attended...never graduated.

        March 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      What the hell do you care what he does in his personal life. Shut your pie hole.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. James

    Haney is just another ungrateful hanger-on who gladly took Tiger's money and wore the Nike gear when he was working for Tiger. Now he is trying to cash in whatever way he can since he has failed as a coach. Who is he going to write about next, Charles Barkley?

    March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paula Markham

      You are exactly right. Tiger has the right to be what and who he wants. Big deal. I hope Tiger knows that his fans feel - SO WHAT WHO CARES. These nasty jealous nothings just don't matter.

      March 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Willene Walker

      I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. money does things to people and all he wants is money for writing the book.For those who follow Tiger, and I do it won't change my admiration of him and his golf capabilities.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Scott

    If it wasn't for Tiger Woods....nobody would know who Hank Haney is.......and Michael....give us a break. We know he cheated on his wife....must be nice to're the jerk.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. 80percent

    I don't know why this is considered as negative or absurd. Tiger is an athlete after all, and he has the money to get himself trained. I say he has better chance than others to become a SEAL if this is what he wanted.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • daviddoright

      Tiger an athlete? Come on man. He may be in pretty good shape compared to other golfers, but the guy is in his mid 30's and he hurt his knee golfing! LOL, Which other golfers ever hurt themselves or get injured taking a walk and swinging a club?
      As far as, DerekjAdams said, "He has incredible willpower, intelligent, athletic, can handle pressure situations, mentally strong, and comes from a great pedigree. Tiger freeze up? So you haven't watched him play gold for the past 10 years then I take it?" Are you really that naive to compare (golf pressure) or any sport pressure to what a soldier goes through? Tiger quits when he's losing!! He hurt his achilles tendon WALKING! It's an insult to the SEALS that he thinks he could become one.
      He's an only child and has fantasies in his spoiled little head that he can maybe be half the man his dad was. Hank Haney is still a total weasel though.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bill

    @Michael, Woods went to Stanford, but your right, I'm sure he can't spell.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shane

      And apparently, neither can you! LOL!!! It's spelled "you're" not "your" dumb@ass.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Up2Late

        Grammar, it's a lost art.

        March 28, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tab

    If trying to become a SEAL is the most sensational thing about Haney's book, I don't know if anyone will buy it. Tiger's dad was in the Army so him wanting to become a Navy SEAL and serve his country is admirable. I know some football stars have done it so why such a big deal if he wanted to do it.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dolomite

    His father was US ARMY Special Forces in Vietnam, with Tigers dedication and pedigre he certainly could have achieved that goal!

    March 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. edwindt

    Funny how success has its enemies and failure has neither enemies nor friends. Woods made a serious mistake, and he paid a cost that for many of us would be the proverbial last straw. However, when one views comments like those from this guy "michael" who writes Tiger cannot spell, one has to say what an idiot. Obviously, Tiger can spell, read and write. The question becomes michael, "Can you write a grammatically correct sentence?" Wait. Based on what I read, the answer is "No."

    March 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. american

    Piers Morgan is a piece of crap!! Why is he on tv his opinion does not MATTER!

    March 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dave Thompson

    seems fitting.. Tiger is used to getting into and out of tight spots !!! lol...

    March 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SLAmerican

    This guy is making stories up and talking up someone's private life to make money out of him. I am not by any means here to condone the shameful acts of tiger what he did to his wife but let be mindful the fact this guy has some serious talent in the game golf. Had it not been for his success in the golf course this clown Hank would have been a simple stat. He is clearly cashing in by exploiting the Tiger Woods brand!!

    March 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Donna

      What about the shameful acts that Haney committed on his two previous wives?

      March 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. get real

    Who doesn't want to be a Seal! – Fool

    March 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abiola

      You know, thinking that SNL was funny back in the day but not anyomre seems to be a sign of getting older. I've noticed so many people that think SNL was funnier back then. Of course, back then might be the 70s 80s, 90s, etc., but it seems to usually coincide with when the person was college age. Then as they approach 30, SNL is not as funny. Strange phenomenon.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Stacy Freeman

    ROFL ! ! ! ! what he was serious ? ROFL , Thats a slap in any SEALs face to think Tiger has what it takes to be a SEAL. Theres no time outs or do overs in this line of work. When crap started hitting the fan , a SEALs killer instinct takes over. Tiger would freeze up and get splattered all over a beach somewhere. You don't try out anyway. I'm sure it would go over well with his team mates if he was able to leap frog other serious canidates. stick to your manicures princess.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TJones

      I see it more a compliment to the Seals, given that Tiger's father was a Green Beret!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • derekjadams

      What? Tiger would be an absolutely excellent candidate to be a Navy SEAL. He has incredible willpower, intelligent, athletic, can handle pressure situations, mentally strong, and comes from a great pedigree.

      Tiger freeze up? So you haven't watched him play gold for the past 10 years then I take it?

      March 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • daviddoright

        Tiger an athlete? Come on man. He may be in pretty good shape compared to other golfers, but the guy is in his mid 30's and he hurt his knee golfing! LOL
        "He has incredible willpower, intelligent, athletic, can handle pressure situations, mentally strong. Tiger freeze up – So you haven't watched him play gold?"
        Are you really that naive to compare (golf pressure) or any sport pressure to what a soldier goes through? Tiger quits when he's losing!! He hurt his achilles tendon WALKING! It's an insult to the SEALS that he thinks he could become one. He can't take his personal trainer that he buys with all his money along with him in combat.
        He's an only child and has fantasies in his spoiled little head that he can maybe be half the man his dad was. Hank Haney is still a total weasel though.

        March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. ana

    Everybody wants to make a buck off Tiger. He is still the best player in the country. He will come back and win again.Yjey just won't leave him alone he still brings the crowds when he plays.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Alain

    Hello Piers!
    Really like watching your show from here in Montréal. Now, do not take this personnally as I have been hearing it for years in the Americam media, but you know the what is most overuse word in the American language, "heroes" !

    Just watch the piece on the crazy pilot restrained by passengers. Com'on, they are not heroes, I actually agree with one of the two interviewee, the co pilot....not a heroe but real quick on his feet and should be command for a job well done.

    Please use the word heroe more appropriately, open a dictionnary if you need and PLEASE, spread the word...I am just sick to my stomack everytime I hear it....frankly almost every day watching US news.


    March 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Marielle

    Piers just had the worst interview I have ever seen with the politician who wrote the book on Washington. Why did Piersinvite him if he did not want to give him the opportunity to express his opinion. In addition Piers did not have a clueabout what the man was talking about and he was completely unable to Ask proper followup questions

    March 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Pete

    Piers the problem with this Hank – supposedly Tiger's Coach/Teacher is that his behavior is breaking client confidentiality and is unsportsmanlike, as well as unprofessional. With that said if he was really a friend – he should not of been his teacher and coach -. Most professional's know, not to mix business with pleasure. And one last note- he's not much of a friend, coach or teacher if after 6 years he didn't catch on to Tiger's behavior........because Tiger was a Tiger! A real Coach/Teacher would of intervened and tried to get help.A real professional would of recognized changes in patterns and behaviors and sought help.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Navy Guy

    You don't just "become(ing) a Navy SEAL". He might be intelligent and athletic, but that is only a piece of serving the US Navy. His moral indescretions would actually be punishable by the UCMJ, and they would destroy other people's opinions of his honor and trust-worthiness. If you're not loyal in one vow, why would you be loyal in another? He's not someone I would want on my team. Just saying.

    March 28, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ex-Navy

      Yeah right, Sailors and their wives don't cheat... Haha. You sure you were in the US Navy.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Navy Guy

        I'm sure I am, yes.

        Just because your experiences were different than mine, doesn't change the UCMJ. The married guys I know can't wait to get back to their families.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mildred

        I reckon some of you are a small too ctriical on Miller. He's a swing nerd', all he does is study the golf swing and I reckon he has claim. The man in his prime was a premier ball striker that was so excellent he could hit distances to the half yard. Even if you may be ignorant to his lexicon pay the man the respect he deserves, there is a wits why he is a US Open champion and we're here arm preside over tear up backing.

        December 17, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Racerkids

      1BoomerTEEBOB well done with TIGER,your inspiration is great. But can you iripsne SENIORS who love the game as much as Tiger. VISION is a new problem with seniors, called macular degeneration(AMD) AMD now surpasses Prostate cancer(something ARNOLD will attest to).Please inform YOUR many boomer/seniors to view:AMD ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL(org)YOURSCOREYOURWAY(com)Google AMD/BLUE-LIGHT/A.FLETCHER/UKlink Blue Light and AntioxidantsYOU TUBE(Photochromic transitions)Kudos ROB, good golfing

      May 23, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. KPJ

    To all the Tiget haters.....I mean people who wish they had his money, athletic ability and looks......Haters. Tiger Woods is still the best golfer alive today. 73 PGA wins, 14 majors the next closest guy is Phil with 40 PGA and 4 majors and Phil has been playing 10 years longer....So u can talk all the BS u want he is the best by far. As to the Seal issue, why not. This guy is a Stanford grad, in great shape and intelligent. Probably got a head up on a lot of active seals who started out lowly privates. I am a 22 year retired Army vet and all you need is the guts to do it. Woods will beat Arnolds numbers and they will be discounted. They will be discounted because he is Black. White America likes their hero's just that white.......Ask most whites who is the all time homerun king and you will get Babe Ruth not Hank Arron......As much as things change they still stay the same......Go Tiger and justice to Trayvon.

    March 28, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Run 10K

      I like your words KPJ, these people hate greatness.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Moshe

    Hank Haney was concerned about his own welbeing (income) when he imagined Tiger being a Navy SEAL. He is old enough to be Tiger's father and yet he is taking cheap potshots at him. As the scripture says "THIS TOO SHALL PASS". He was a nobody before becoming Tiger's coach and will be a nobody when "THIS PASSES".


    March 28, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ahmed

      You have nailed the root cause of the yips which tmrlbeing is occurring either with the left or the right hand; and the right hand push is mostly the one with yips which I agree. To putt with a conventional grip is just fine to adopt, but, the hand with the yips must NOT do the alinement follow-through stroke. The hand with no yips must do the alinement follow-through and the hand with yips will only have to assist in adding speed. Nice, we have same findings.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. pat davidson

    tell ya the truth, i dont care..... i like watching him play, but for me the rest of his life is his. i dont wish to share or know about it. it is meaningless poop in my life.... i guess if he was my friend or something, nope, not even then. heck i dont know that much about my on friends or care to remember it.


    March 28, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Chris

    I've always wanted to be a shark!!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Luke

    Yes...Tiger screwed up his marriage. He is also rude to reporters and to many fans who line up for autographs. He wasn't built like Arnold Palmer (who was far from a saint in his day but luckily didnt have cell phones) to be the peoples champion. Tiger was built to win golf tournaments! Nothing more, nothing less. His personal life is HIS! Having never met the man I am only in a posistion to judge his golf game. As for Haney...way to ride those coatails!! You being the swing coach for the #1 player in the world brought you fame and fortune. I'm just sorry "The Haney Project" (which you never would have had if you had never worked with Tiger) was not enough to make you happy. Hopefully this book will end your beef with Tiger.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Marc

    As far as I'm concerned, Hank Haney is just as bad as Tiger. He's betraying Tiger's trust just like Tiger betrayed his wife's trust. He's a coward for not just confronting Tiger and a snitch for writing about things Tiger considered private, and I hope all of his clients leave him and his show is cancelled.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Safira

    (Newscat) wrote an interesting post today. Here's a quick experctHank Haney 86's Tiger Woods. Wow, if things couldn't get any worse for Tiger Woods, Hank Haney resigns as his swing coach. I first read the news from Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf: Haney issued a statement on Monday night about his

    April 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    evening that he would no longer coach Woods. There had been seatulpcion during The Players ChampHank Haney Resigns Hank Haney has resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach. Haney told the Golf Channel's Jim Gray late

    April 3, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mercy

    the best way to learn a golf swing is to go out and hit golf balls. practice makes perceft. you have to find whats best for you and dont rely to heavy on gimmicks. some of them sorta work but for people who know how to play golf already

    May 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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