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‘This book is my definitive story’: Tiger Woods working on release of memoir ‘BACK’

October 15, 2019

Tiger Woods shocked the sports world when he won the 2019 Masters for his first major title in 11 years, and now Woods is releasing his first-ever memoir to cover his childhood, rise to fame and, of course, that epic week at Augusta National.

HarperCollins Publishers announced on Tuesday that it acquired the rights to BACK, a memoir authored by Woods that will be published across all HarperCollins locations worldwide.

BACK is a candid and intimate narrative of an outsize American life,” the release said. “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.”

Shannon Welch, the president and publisher of the HarperOne Group, will edit the book, which along with Woods will include insight from his friends, family and those who know him best. A release date for BACK has yet to be announced.

“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 release. “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.”

Prior to BACK, Woods’ most recent venture in the book-publishing business came in 2017, when he collaborated with Lorne Rubenstein for The 1997 Masters: My Story.