NEW YORK (WFAN) — Who says golf is boring?
Hank Haney’s controversial book about Tiger Woods, his most famous pupil, has been a hot subject of debate. And when he joined WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Friday, well, let’s just say things got heated.
You have to listen for yourself:
In “The Big Miss,” Haney delves into his six years as Woods’ swing coach. But the book goes beyond the golf course, including passages about the superstar’s relationship with ex-wife Elin Nordegren and his fascination with the Navy SEALS.
Haney resigned in 2010. The decision came shortly after Woods, fresh off his much-publicized sex scandal, returned to the PGA Tour.
“I viewed it as my memories too,” Haney told Boomer & Carton. “These weren’t just his memories, he didn’t have an exclusive on those memories. I wanted to share my observations, my thoughts about his greatness, the complexities that make him up as a golfer, as a person. If I had all positive things in the book, it wouldn’t have been an honest book.”
The timing couldn’t be worse for Woods. Haney’s book was released Tuesday as the former No. 1 golfer in the world prepares for next week’s Masters tournament.
Carton seethed toward the end of the interview, “I think you’re a horrible human being.”
“You don’t know me!” Haney replied.
“I know enough. And here’s what I know about you,” said Carton. “Without him you don’t have a TV show. Without him, outside of die-hard golf fans, no one knows who you are.”
Haney exited around 21 minutes into the exchange. An audible “click” was heard while Carton went on:
“Here’s the reality of Hank Haney: Hank Haney’s gonna get to know you. Like a snake in the grass, if he can make money off you one day in the future, he’s gonna do it. And I can’t stand guys like you!
“It’s hard enough for a guy like Tiger Woods — I have to imagine — to let someone come into his world and to have complete, utter trust in that man, which you have to do to become better and use a coach. And then for that guy to turn around and tell the most, you know, family secrets that have nothing to do with golf, and put that crap off as a golf book, is obnoxious!”
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