PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Just about the last thing Tiger Woods wants to talk about these days is his strikingly poignant problems with his putting stroke. But he grudgingly acceded Wednesday at PGA National Resort because he maintained a steadfast intransigence on the subject of the upcoming book written by former swing instructor Hank Haney.
Excerpts of Haney's book, "The Big Miss," written with Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz, were published on GolfDigest.com Tuesday, but during a press conference on the eve of the Honda Classic, Woods declined to say anything about it, except to say he had nothing to say. He elaborated with laboriously terse deflections.
The first question for Woods, even though in reference to the book, was a softball that he simply chose not to swing at.
Q. Obviously several weeks ago, you expressed your disappointment about Hank's book. Now there's some stuff that's come out since. Where would you say your disappointment level is based on any of what's come out and to this point?
WOODS: Bob, It's still the same. Nothing has changed in that regard at all.
Then a few questions later:
Q. To follow up on Bob, I know Mark (Steinberg, Woods's agent) responded to the fact that the excerpts are out from Hank's book, but I'm wondering, what's your reaction?
WOODS: Well, I've already talked about it. So... sorry, Tommy.
Then there was a specific inquiry as to the accuracy of Haney's contention that Woods, whose late father Earl, was a Green Beret in the Army, was prepared to walk away from golf to pursue a career as a Navy SEAL.