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SBD/March 30, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Hank Haney Earns Mixed Reviews For "The Big Miss," His Book About Tiger Woods
Published March 30, 2012
REVIEWS: In Charlotte, Ron Green Jr. wondered, “Did Haney go too far?” It is “surprising how much Haney shared.” It will “help book sales but it feels like he’s telling stories Woods never imagined would be told publicly.” Haney in the book "tells his side of the story, and it’s an enlightening story." But it is "also Tiger’s story, undoubtedly and understandably more of it than he wanted told" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/25). The GUARDIAN’s Lawrence Donegan wrote there is “no doubt he set out to write a book purely about golf.” Now that it has been published “perhaps he still genuinely believes it is a book purely about golf.” Donegan: “Unfortunately for him, he forgot to tell the publishers. ... The juiciest morsels were all ‘leaked’ in advance.” He wrote the “best that can be said about these ‘revelations’ is that there are not many of them.” The “worst is that they constitute an unforgivable betrayal” (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 3/29). CBSSPORTS.com’s Steve Elling wrote “The Big Miss” is “the most anticipated book in golf history." After reading the entire book last week in one sitting, and "despite a few personal reservations about the disclosure of some delicate inside information, it was obvious that tell-almost-all tome will be zooming straight to the top of the book charts.” Elling noted after he showed up at the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational last week with an advanced copy, “three different reporters with other media outlets borrowed it on consecutive days and also tore through it before dumping it back on my desk the next morning” (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/27).