Woods of the U.S. hits out of a bunker onto the third green during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oak
Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits out of a bunker onto the third green during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California December 4, 2011.REUTERS

Tiger Woods has criticised his former coach Hank Haney after it was revealed the 56-year-old is releasing a tell-all book about their six year partnership.

Woods has endured a chastening few years on and off the golf course amid his well-publicised personal problems, but although the former World No.1 ended 2011 with a rare victory at the Chevron World Challenge in California, the 36-year-old has begun 2012 with news his former coach could attract more negative press for the 14-times major winner.

Although Woods won 31 titles under Haney's tutelage, including six majors, the man widely regarded as the most gifted golfer to have ever played the game, admits he has no interest in reading 'The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods' when its published prior to his year's Masters in April.

Woods described Haney's decision to write about their hugely successfully partnership as 'unprofessional' and 'self-serving'.

"I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing, especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend," Woods told ESPN, as published by The Times.

"There have been other one-sided books about me and I think people understand that this book is about money.

"I'm not going to waste my time reading it. I just think this book is very self-serving."

Although patently at odds with his former client, Haney suggested he was merely giving an honest account of their time together.

Haney wrote on Twitter: "I observed greatness and am asked about it all the time. I wanted to share it in a fair and honest way."