Tiger Woods is expected to tell all in his memoir, BACK. Picture: Getty Images North America/ AFP
Tiger Woods is expected to tell all in his memoir, BACK. Picture: Getty Images North America/ AFP

Tiger Woods vows to smash ‘lies and speculation’

TIGER Woods will write a memoir billed by the publishers as a "candid and intimate narrative of an outsize American life".

A publication date was not given for Back, which is the first account from 15-times major winner Woods, 43, and is being written with the full co-operation of his friends, family and inner circle.

"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," Woods said in a statement from HarperCollins Publishers.

"This book is my definitive story. It's in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what's happened in my life."

He continued: "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."

A child golfing prodigy, Woods went on to dominate the sport and has long since cemented his place as the greatest player of his generation and arguably of all time.

Since Woods turned professional in 1996 he has virtually redefined the game.

Woods says the memoir is his “definitive story”. Picture: Getty Images
Woods says the memoir is his “definitive story”. Picture: Getty Images

Not only did he usher in an era of multimillion-dollar endorsements and lucrative appearance money, but his Afro-American-Asian background spread the sport to an audience far beyond its traditional image of male, white and middle-class.

Woods later went through a highly-public divorce in 2010 after revelations of his marital infidelities convinced him to take a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf, a DUI arrest in 2017 and multiple knee and back surgeries that convinced many his best days were behind him.

Yet Woods made a stirring return to the top of the sporting world in April when he triumphed at this year's Masters for his first major victory in nearly 11 years.

The star stopped playing golf after his much publicised divorce from wife Elin Nordegren. Picture: AP
The star stopped playing golf after his much publicised divorce from wife Elin Nordegren. Picture: AP

Judith Curr, president and publisher, HarperOne Group said Back will be "the publishing event of the decade".

"Tiger will reclaim his own story and legacy and it's a story for the world over," she said.

Shannon Welch, who will edit the book, said he was delighted to discover how much Tiger has to say, and how ready, how eager, he is to say it.

"He's at a place in his career and his life where he's thinking deeply about his story, the highs and the lows, and how it all relates and connects. I think the result will be extraordinary."