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Woods: Haney book 'self serving' and 'unprofessional'

Tiger Woods says he's disappointed his former hitting coach has written a book about their time together. In an interview with ESPN.com, the former world number one called it's release "self-serving" adding he doesn't plan on reading it when it comes out.

Haney confirmed earlier this month he had written a book, covering the six year period he spent as Woods' swing coach prior to parting ways with him just after the 2010 Masters, where Woods made his return to golf after being exposed for multiple extramarital affairs that shattered his image and led to divorce.

"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing," said Woods. "Especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend."

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"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."

Haney, who wrote the book with Jaime Diaz of Golf Digest, told the Associated Press earlier this month that it was a "very fair and honest" account of his six year relationship with Woods and that Tiger shouldn't be bothered by anything that was in there.

"The Big Miss is golf history. I observed greatestness and am asked about it all the time. I wanted to share it in a fair and honest way," Haney tweeted in the wake of Tiger's comments on Thursday.

Entitled 'The Big Miss', the book is scheduled to be released March 27 - one week before the Masters, the season's first golf major. Woods is scheduled to begin his 2012 golf campaign in Abu Dhabi later this month before making his PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next month. He will most certainly be asked about the book and its possible contents prior to each of those tournament appearances as well as the lead up to the Masters, something he clearly does not relish.

"That is what I alluded to earlier," he told ESPN.com. "I just think this book is very self-serving."

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With files from the Associated Press

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