Will the real Tiger Woods please stand up?
Famed New York City publishing house Simon & Schuster announced plans to publish a biography of the 14-time major winner that promises to offer a portrait of an "American idol."
According to the release, authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, who previously collaborated on The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football, have already collected more than 100 interviews with "a range of individuals from Tiger Woods' life," but Woods himself is not one of them, at least not yet.
"The authors have reached out to Tiger Woods' representatives and made them aware of the project," said Simon & Schuster spokesman Cary Goldstein. "At the appropriate time, they will formally request an interview."
Despite many years in the spotlight, Woods' complicated relationship with the media has resulted in more questions than answers about one of the greatest golfers of all time, but the biography's authors plan to break new ground by revealing the man behind the mask.
"Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word," said Benedict. "Tiger reached that elite club by being the greatest golfer -- some would argue the greatest athlete -- in modern history. But his imprint on history transcends golf, and his influence reaches across the globe. Yet, he is vastly misunderstood. So much of his family history and his personality has been veiled in secrecy, mythical stories, partial truths, advertising campaigns, and scurrilous headlines. Our objective is to get beyond the veil and reveal in full a human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol."
Added Keteyian: "Our approach has been to gather and digest everything we possibly can. We’re also talking to a lot of people that haven’t talked previously. It’s clearly been a complicated, unmatched, and well-chronicled, rise, fall, and return. But there’s more. A lot more. And I believe the end result will captivate sports fans and fans of big, sweeping biographies."
The book does not yet have a title or release date.