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Haney book excerpt: Tiger banned Elin from showing emotion when he won

Mar 19, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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My favorite excerpt from Hank Haney’s tell-all book on Tiger Woods, The Big Miss, is of course the part about Tiger not sharing his Popsicles. That’s just awesome. By the way, when I die, if the worst thing they say about me is that I didn’t share my Popsicles, I’ll consider my life a success. But here’s another good one: Tiger, says Haney, didn’t want his wife to smile on the golf course. That’s the latest from the book, which is being excerpted in the New York Times.

After Woods won the 2005 Buick Invitational, his first stroke-play victory in nearly 16 months and his first with Haney as his coach, Nordegren wanted to celebrate. She pointed out that when she was a nanny for Jesper Parnevik, his family would hold a party whenever Parnevik won. Woods responded: “E, that’s not what we do. I’m not Jesper. We’re supposed to win.”

Haney writes that Nordegen was taken aback and her smile got smaller. He noticed that “in the future Elin would keep her emotions under wraps whenever Tiger won.” He describes several awkward encounters with the couple after the revelations of Woods’s affairs, but includes brief moments in which Woods was open about the state of his marriage and his therapy.

The Big Miss comes out on March 27. OK, just one more time, because I love it:

“When we were watching television after dinner, he’d sometimes go to the refrigerator to get a sugar-free popsicle,” Haney writes in his book. “But he never offered me one or ever came back with one, and one night I really wanted one of those popsicles. But I found myself sitting kind of frozen, not knowing what to do next. I didn’t feel right just going to the refrigerator and taking one, and I kind of started laughing to myself at how hesitant I was to ask Tiger for one. It actually took me a while to summon the courage to blurt out, ‘Hey, Bud, do you think I could have one of those popsicles?’ ”

Finally, something I have in common with Tiger. Yes, I too have been guilty of not sharing popsicles.

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Woods’ distractions detailed by his ex-coach [New York Times]

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Well, she can smile all she wants now, and for numerous reasons.

  2. steelerdynasty2010 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    so did he give you a damn popsicle after you asked? that little anecdote sums up what a completely gutless clown this guy was and obviously still is. you were too afraid to ask him for a popsicle? a grown man scared to ask for a popsicle? did you ask him to go potty too?