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More woes for Woods

There has been little difficulty distinguishing Tiger Woods from a ray of sunshine in recent years. The glum golf genius is unlikely to be cheered up by the publication of a frank memoir written by former coach Hank Haney.

Woods has already criticised Haney, telling ESPN that "I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing, especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend."

Haney left Woods’s employ in 2010 after a six year collaboration in which the golfer won six majors. Since then Woods has not won another, and has fallen away from the top echelon of the sport after his much-publicised sex scandal and struggles with injury.

Woods is hoping that 2012 will be the year of his comeback. Although ranked 25 in the world, Woods will believe he can offer a strong challenge to the leading players, including the three British players at the top of the rankings, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

The book, called The Big Miss, will appear in April, shortly before the US Masters. Haney will reveal his experiences of working with Woods when the golfer was in an unassailable position as world number one. Haney defended the publication.

"I get asked the question all the time about Tiger. I wanted to talk about it and I wanted to share it with people. That's the bottom line. I'm not sure I understand the unprofessionalism part. He hasn't read the book. There's a lot of positives in there. I think he's the greatest golfer who ever lived.

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