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January 31, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Hank Haney says Tiger book has 'surprises'

Posted at 12:53 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Bill Clinton, Darren Clarke, Hank Haney, Tiger Woods

Hank Haney took issue with recent criticism from Tiger Woods over Haney’s new book about Tiger in an interview with Crain’s Ed Sherman. Woods had called Haney “unprofessional” for writing a book about his six years coaching Woods. Haney’s book The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods comes out in late March.

Were you surprised about Mr. Woods' reaction?

Not really. It seems pretty consistent to how he's reacted to things in the past. I feel like it is a fair and honest book. I know he said it is “unprofessional.” I don't know how you can make a comment like that without reading the book. I think I had an opportunity to write an unprofessional book, but I don't think I did. I feel like I wrote a fair and honest book.

Should he be worried about what's in the book?

Maybe. (Mr. Haney then took a long pause.) The truth is the truth. There are quite a few things in there that people will find as surprises. I just wrote a fair and honest book. I said all along this wasn't going to be a takedown book. People that know me know that's not what I would do.

What did you think about him saying he won't read the book?

He reads everything. If he says (he) won't, that probably will be the first time. It'll be up to him to decide if he's unhappy. I feel like it is very honest.

He reads everything? We’re already learning new stuff about Tiger from Haney’s book and it’s not even out yet.

Struggling Darren Clarke fires caddie who helped him win Open

They don't call him the “Prince of Darkness” for nothing.

The Scotsman’s Martin Dempster reports that Darren Clarke has fired caddie John Mulrooney, who was on Clarke’s bag during his storybook win at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

According to ISM, Clarke’s management company, the split with Mulrooney is amicable and the player will spend some time weighing up his options for a replacement.

Having decided not to play in either Qatar or Dubai, Clarke’s next competitive outing will be the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona at the end of February.

Mulrooney took over as Clarke’s full-time caddie after the former Ryder Cup player won the Iberdrola Open in Majorca last May.

The pair came close to breaking up after it was claimed they had a furious disagreement on the Sunday at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, but they were back on the same wavelength as their partnership worked a treat the following week.

Bill Clinton to play in Nationwide Tour event in Colombia

Fresh off the success of his first PGA Tour hosting gig at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, Calif., former President Bill Clinton announced he would take part in the Nationwide Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, which begins Feb. 13.

The PGA TOUR, Pacific Rubiales Energy and the William J. Clinton Foundation announced today that President Clinton will travel to Bogota, Colombia in February and attend the Nationwide Tour's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. The tournament will be presented by Samsung and will support the Clinton Foundation's work through the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) in Colombia.

President Clinton will participate in tournament activities, including the Wednesday, Feb. 15th Pro-Am, featuring Nationwide Tour professionals, government officials, Pacific Rubiales executives, clients and guests. It will be the first time a sitting or former president of the United States has attended a Nationwide Tour event.

We’re thrilled that Clinton wants to be part of golf, but if he’s got all this free time, shouldn’t he be replacing Oprah instead?

Surgeon talks about Tiger’s ACL surgery after 2008 U.S. Open

Lee Benson of The Deseret News profiles Park City, Utah, orthopedic surgeon Vern Cooley, the doctor who repaired Tiger Woods’s left knee after the 2008 U.S. Open. Cooley said the surgery, which he performed with his partner Dr. Tom Rosenberg, was a success.

"We've become good friends," says Cooley of Woods, and while Cooley hasn't been consulted about trying to repair Tiger's more recent non-knee troubles, he is of the opinion that his golf career, given Tiger's work ethic and determination, will eventually rebound.

And he's absolutely confident of one thing. That left knee of his was repaired right, and in the right place.  

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