Tiger Woods a Navy SEAL?
February 29th, 2012
06:51 AM ET

Tiger Woods a Navy SEAL?

An upcoming book by Tiger Woods' former coach Steve Haney claims Tiger considered giving up the clubs to become a Navy SEAL.

In "The Big Miss," Hank Haney writes that Tiger was "seriously considering" becoming a SEAL, according to an excerpt posted by Golf Digest.  The book is releasing March 27th.

"Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life," Haney writes.

Haney writes that Tiger did four days of training with the Army Special Operations unit in 2004, including parachute jumps, hand-to-hand combat excercises, distance runs wearing combat boots and wind tunnel drills, according to another excerpt posted on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, dismisses the book to the Orlando Sentinel, calling it "armchair psychology."

Tiger's father was a former Green Beret.

“Because of his father, it’s no secret that Tiger has always had high respect for the military,” Steinberg said in the statement to the Sentinel.

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  5. Maicon

    SO he screwed up yeah trehes no reason to say oh hes a douchebag for everything he has done so yeah he screwed up and hes trying to make up for it its really not that big of a deal the real reason he apoligizes is too keep hot heads like you calmed down obviously it didnt work so you can say whatever you want and call him whatever you want its really just proving that your taking this all too personal when you really shouldnt this is a personal marital matter not a public media matter

    April 5, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  6. nopretenders

    tiger took a beating from his WIFE !

    he is a big sissy cat... a mommie's boy, a wuss DONT INSULT THE SEALS

    March 1, 2012 at 6:13 am | Reply
  7. Mossback

    I have been in the military all my life andI can tell you that Tiger Woods would NEVER have made the grade. First of all, look at him. Lucky to be admitted to the Masters, he would never meet the admission criteria that the SEALS demand. Second ofall his moral standards are so low that he would again not even be considered. Having fought in several wars already I can tell you Tiger Black Woods would never, ever, be a soldier. Lawdy!!!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
  8. Mossback

    Tiger Woods "seriously considered" giving up a multimillion dollar sports career to serve his country in combat.

    Pat Tillman did it.

    All you need to know. "Seriously considering" does not put him even in the same conversation as those fighting and dying for us.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
  9. ruknutts

    he was not the greatest athlete in the world, he's a golfer,lol There are so so many real athletes that when compared he doesn't even make the list. Where do you get off saying he's the greatest athlete ever? give me a break! Adam levine your a nut.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
  10. American Teenager

    If what Haney is saying is true then I have a whole new respect for Tiger.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  11. D'oh


    February 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  12. research helps

    Tiger is too old to become a SEAL. Their cutoff is 29 years of age to start.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  13. georgio

    Greatest athlete? Does he run ,jump or toss a ball ? No he rides in a golf cart so how is he considered an athlete?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • nopretenders

      Tiger Woods took a beating from his WIFE !

      he wishes he was a man

      February 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • TruGrist

      Ummm, the PGA members still walk the full 18 holes; it's the weekend golfers who ride the cart with the steering wheel in one hand and a beer in the other 🙂 While Tigers chosen "sport" does require a good deal of stamina, it still does not qualify for "elite athleticism". More like a pro bowler or a competitive eater. Tiger is way talented at hitting a little dimpled ball with great precision, but athletic, hardly.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  14. cpe321

    When I was younger I seriously considered becoming an astronaut.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  15. Ranger830

    AHaaaa hahhhh ha ha ha What ? Where all the white women at? Swiming and rucking in the cold with no caddy to carry your ruck ,Very little sleep ,very few calories,and bisters lots and lots of blisters!!!!!! This kid should seriously have his head examined!!!!!! Physical fitness will only get you so far,the rest boils down to intestinal fortitude and mental toughness and the ability to keep on drivin on no matter what!!!! Some have it,but very few! If he thinks he has what it takes step on up big dog and lets see what you got!!!!!! RLTW.......

    February 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    long leave tiger wood.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Tai

      (Newscat) wrote an interesting post today. Here's a quick exeprctHank Haney 86's Tiger Woods. Wow, if things couldn't get any worse for Tiger Woods, Hank Haney resigns as his swing coach. I first read the news from Shane Bacon at Devil Ball Golf: Haney issued a statement on Monday night about his

      April 5, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  17. Semper FI

    Everyone always says, "OH I SHOULD OF!" Where were you when the shit hit the fan? Less than 1% of Americans Enlist. Don't insult the brave.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  18. RetiredVet

    Another celebrity want to be.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
  19. carlonious

    Please don't insult the SEAL Forces.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  20. Jock Niclaus

    He should be hooked up with Jerry Sandusky

    February 29, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
  21. georgemann

    he wants to be just like me......-.-

    February 29, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Mariza

      evening that he would no longer coach Woods. There had been teaculpsion during The Players ChampHank Haney Resigns Hank Haney has resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach. Haney told the Golf Channel's Jim Gray late

      April 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Birthe

      The Media is at it again. These people are autefhl hooligans, leading another 21st-Century-style lynch mob. What a disgusting bunch of pathological liars and hypocrites. First they knowingly protect extortionists and torture an innocent man until he can't eat or sleep, now this! Who's next after Jackson and Woods?Look at the marriage infidelity statistics in the U.S. Are media personalities saints? Woods is a bad husband, not a criminal. A private life is exactly that, private!

      April 7, 2012 at 5:00 am | Reply
  22. granny25

    he wants to hook up with all the mermaids.............

    February 29, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply

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