Fifteen-time major winner, Tiger Woods has announced that he is writing his first memoir, which will be titled “Back”. Although no specific release date has been announced, the book is set to be published by HarperCollins and will start with Woods’ childhood as a golfing prodigy, his 81 PGA Tour event wins – the second-highest total of any player – and 15 major victories.
Back will also detail his battles with “devastating injuries and personal issues”, thought to refer to his history of infidelities and subsequent commitment to sex addiction therapy, and end with Woods’ comeback in April when, at the age of 43, he won the Masters, his first major win in more than a decade.
In a statement from his publishers, Tiger Woods said;
“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. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life. 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”.
There have been multiple books written about Woods, most notably 2018’s ‘Tiger Woods’ by authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian that spent time on the New York Times Bestseller List and was described as a “deeper look at the personal, professional triumphs and disasters of the champion golfer”.
It is unclear how deeply Woods will delve into his blunders in his memoir, however, his publishers have described the memoir as “the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full cooperation of his friends, family, and inner circle”.
Woods, whose season was a disappointment after the major victory is set to return to competitive golf next week in Japan. He is scheduled to play next Monday in The Challenge: Japan Skins with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama and then will compete from October 24-27 in the Zozo Championship in Chiba, the first PGA Tour event contested in Japan.
He has played competitively only six times since the Masters, missing two cuts and withdrawing from another event with an injury. He has since had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and has not played since the BMW Championship in August.
Woods has 81 PGA Tour wins, the second-highest total of any player, behind only Sam Snead’s 82. Woods’ 15 major victories which include five victories at the Masters, four US PGA Championships, three U.S. Opens, and three Open Championships – leave him three majors behind Jack Nicklaus’ career record.