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Wednesday 16 April 2014

K Club denies it gave porn film to Tiger Woods at Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods in action for the US during the 2006 Ryder Cup at the prestigious K Club in Kildare

IRELAND'S most exclusive golf club was last night forced to deny that it provided golfing legend Tiger Woods with an adult movie.

Allegations that Mr Woods ordered pornography while staying at the K Club during the 2006 Ryder Cup were made in a new book by his former coach Hank Haney.

The book 'The Big Miss' portrays Woods unflatteringly as an egomaniac.

Mr Haney claimed that Mr Woods phoned the reception of the club to order an adult channel at the time of the competition.

He alleged that Mr Woods did this as a prank knowing that it would make his room mate Zach Johnson, a devout Christian, squirm with discomfort.

But in a statement last night the K Club rejected the allegation and said that it does not, nor ever has, provided such material. "The K Club does not have, and never has had a pay-per-view movie channel nor does it stock nor ever did stock adult movies on DVD or any other format or provide access to such movies for guests," a statement said.

According to Mr Haney, Mr Woods purchased the adult movie 24-hour package and turned the television on.

Mr Johnson ignored the prank but Mr Woods told his coach: "It was so funny watching him acting like everything was normal. I got him pretty good."

The book, which was released on Tuesday, makes a number of embarrassing allegations against the golfer.

Mr Haney claimed that Mr Woods would boast about injuries to athletes who play more physically demanding sports than him in an attempt to be accepted. And he claimed that to avoid his fans Mr Woods would arrange practice rounds at 6am to steer clear of autograph hunters.

The book also alleged that Mr Woods sent an abusive text message about fellow professional Ian Poulter.

Mooch

Mr Haney claimed that Mr Woods disliked Mr Poulter and accused him of trying to hitch a ride aboard his private jet.

In a text to Mr Haney, he wrote: "Can you believe this d--- mooched a ride on my plane?"

The incident described by Mr Haney took place in 2007, when Mr Poulter "was cheeky enough to ask Tiger: 'How are we getting home?'" after they had finished practice rounds at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, ahead of the US Open.

Mr Woods has said that he will not be reading the book and has rebuffed a number of attempts by reporters to ask him about revelations in it.

At last week's Bay Hill tournament, Mr Woods was asked to comment on Mr Haney's book.

In response, he sarcastically replied: "Have a nice day."

Irish Independent

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