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THE BIG MISS HITS BOOKSTORES Tiger Woods may have some-


what returned to form in winning at Bay Hill in March, but it was the publication of “The Big Miss” by Hank Haney that garnered the big- ger headlines. Haney, the 14-time


major championship winner’s coach for nearly six years, has written (with the help of Golf World editor


Jaime Diaz) a “tell-all” on his rela- tionship with Woods, including the minutia on swing changes designed to protect Tiger’s left knee. But the book’s most intriguing parts are Haney’s observations that Woods’ obsession with the military, per- haps fostered by a father who was a green beret in Vietnam, led him to extreme workouts with military special forces. Haney even contends


mon, Woods’ original teacher, he does go to great lengths to remind readers of Woods’ greater success under his tutelage. The reaction of the players


The reaction of the players on the PGA Tour and other golf coaches has not been positive.


that Tiger considered joining the Navy Seals after going through numerous training sessions and that he tore his already tenuous ACL during a SEAL exercise. Also of interest is the less-than-fl attering portrait of Woods’ egocentric, dis- tant and selfi sh personality. Haney states that he did not


know of Woods’ extramarital af- fairs, but was able later to connect the dots based on behaviors he observed. The book also goes into great detail on what is described as Woods’ fear of the driver and his ef- forts at avoiding the big mistake, or miss, that club can produce. While Haney is deferential to Butch Har-


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on the PGA Tour and other golf coaches has not been positive to Haney’s book, many seeing the book as a breach of student-teacher confi dentiality. “I would rather be broke before I violate the code of player- teacher confi dentiality,”


Rick Smith told ESPN. Smith is Phil Mickelson’s former coach and went on to state, “I’m personally upset with Hank because he’s bro- ken and violated our code of ethics. Your relationship with these players is for a lifetime.” Woods was, unsurprisingly,


highly critical of the book. “I think it’s unprofessional and very disap- pointing,” Woods told ESPN.com. “Especially because it’s someone I worked with and trusted as a friend. There have been other one-sided books about me, and I think people understand that this book is about money. I’m not going to waste my time reading it.”


Northern California will host another major championship hot on the heels of the U.S. Open at Olympic in June. The PGA Profes- sional National Championship heads to Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside June 24-27. It marks the 11th time that The PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA professionals will be held in California, and fi rst since 1996. “It is exciting that we will now have some of our fi nest playing PGA professionals display their skills to a national audience with the backdrop of the spectacular Monterey Peninsula,” says PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We look forward to working with Bayonet and Black Horse’s staff in presenting the 45th PGA Professional National Championship to the country.” Both courses will be utilized


for the fi rst two rounds of the event, with the fi nal two rounds scheduled for Bayonet and tele- vised by the Golf Channel. The championship fi eld consists of 312 players representing 41 PGA sections, with the top 20 fi nishers earning a berth in the PGA Cham- pionship to be held in August at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Volunteers and caddies are needed for the championship. More information is available by calling 831/899-7271.


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