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Former Woods coach reveals Poulter barb

ESPN staff
March 21, 2012
Ian Poulter rubbed Tiger Woods up the wrong way back in 2007 according to the American's former coach Hank Haney © Getty Images

Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney has revealed how the American was seriously irked by Ian Poulter after accusing the Brit of blagging a ride in his private jet.

Haney, whose book 'The Big Miss' is due for release a week before the Masters on March 27, has been causing a stir with short previews in the lead-up to its launch.

In excerpts released on Tuesday, Haney claimed Poulter got on Woods' nerves when the American-based Brit was "cheeky enough to ask Tiger: 'How are we getting home?'" after both finished practising at Oakmont shortly before the 2007 US Open.

According to Haney, Woods did not offer Poulter a ride on his private jet, but alleges he turned up at the airport nevertheless, prompting Woods to send Haney a text message which read: "Can you believe how this d*** mooched a ride on my plane?".

Haney's bid to raise interest surrounding his memoir of his six years working with the former world No. 1 is sure to do just that, as well as create some friction between the two players.

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