By now, every golf fan knows about the roller-coaster life and career of Tiger Woods. But never before has that story been told fully through the perspective of Woods. Fortunately, that’s about to change.
On Tuesday, Woods announced that he will release a memoir, detailing his life and career from his time as a young golf prodigy to present-day champion. While there have been many books and stories written about him through the last 20-plus years, this memoir, titled “Back,” will be the first official account coming directly from Woods and those very close to him.
“I’ve been in the spotlight for a long time, and because of that, there have been books and articles and TV shows about me, most filled with errors, speculative and wrong. This book is my definitive story,” Woods said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Back,” which has no official release date as of now, will cover anything and everything in Woods’ illustrious career. Starting with his childhood, his stellar amateur career, and his phenomenal pro career, but also the multitude of injuries and personal battles that have provided countless setbacks. It will all lead to now, where less than a year ago Woods won his 15th major championship at the Masters.
“It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life,” Woods said. “I’ve been working at it steadily, and I’m looking forward to continuing the process and creating a book that people will want to read.”
HarperCollins, which has secured the publishing rights to the book, said that the memoir “is a candid and intimate narrative of an outside American life: From growing up a celebrated golfing prodigy to shattering centuries-old racial barriers as a young pro; from rising to unprecedented fame and global icon status to battling devastating injuries and personal issues; from enduring years of physical anguish to mounting an astonishing comeback at 43 years old, culminating with the 2019 Masters, where his thrillingly impossible victory captured the imagination and hearts of people around the world.”
Back To Work
While golf fans eagerly await “Back” to be released, Woods is set to begin his 2019-20 PGA Tour season next week at the ZoZo Championship in Japan. The 81-time Tour winner hasn’t played since August and recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. A few days before the ZoZo Championship, he will take on Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Hideki Matsuyama in “The Challenge: Japan Skins.”
Following his trip to Japan, Tiger will shift his attention to the Presidents Cup, where he is the captain of the U.S. team. He must make his four captain’s selections, one of which may include himself, on Nov. 4.