HarperCollins catches Tiger Woods in global deal

Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 16 October 2019

'The first and only account directly from Woods'

HarperCollins has announced a global deal for golfer Tiger Woods' memoirs, to be titled Back - "the first and only account directly from Woods". The deal was negotiated by executive editor Shannon Welch at HarperOne and Judith Curr, president and publisher, HarperOne Group. HarperNonFiction publishing director Jack Fogg will handle the book in the UK. The publication date is unconfirmed.

Woods returned from scandal ("personal issues" on the press release) and injury to win the 2019 Masters, one of the four major tournaments on the golf circuit. He said: "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. 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."

Curr said: "We are thrilled and proud to work with Tiger on what I believe will be the publishing event of the decade. Tiger will reclaim his own story and legacy and it's a story for the world over."

Welch, who will edit the book, said: "Meeting with Tiger, speaking with him at length about the process of writing a memoir, I was delighted to discover how much he has to say, and how ready, how eager, he is to say it. He's at a place in his career and his life where he's thinking deeply about his story, the highs and the lows, and how it all relates and connects. I think the result will be extraordinary."

HarperCollins will publish Back in all English language markets, as well as in Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Spanish in the Americas, Mexico, Poland, the Czech Republic, Brazil, and Japan.

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