No mat­ter how Woods fares, book to win big

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If TV rat­ings, In­ter­net ar­ti­cles and col­umn inches in print me­dia are any in­di­ca­tion, “The Big Miss” should be a huge hit when it goes on sale March 27, a week be­fore the sub­ject shoots for his fifth green jacket at Au­gusta Na­tional.

Tiger Woods hasn’t won the Mas­ters since 2005, a ma­jor cham­pi­onship since 2008 or an of­fi­cial PGA tour­na­ment of any kind since 2009. In his last five PGA Tour events, he has tied for 17th, tied for 15th, tied for 30th, missed the cut (at the PGA Cham­pi­onship) and tied for 37th. He’s at the Honda Clas­sic this week, a tour­na­ment he hadn’t deigned to play since 1993, three years be­fore he turned pro.

But we not only re­main fas­ci­nated by Woods, we’re ar­guably cap­ti­vated like never be­fore.

The up­com­ing book by his for­mer swing coach will only in­crease the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion on Woods since that fate­ful Thanks­giv­ing night in 2009, back when we couldn’t imag­ine him as a more com­pelling fig­ure. Yet, stuck on 14 ma­jors with Jack Nick­laus’ record 18 look­ing safe once again, Woods is even more in­trigu­ing, thanks to the tur­moil in his per­sonal life and his strug­gles on the golf course.

Whether it’s his swing, his put­ter or Hank Haney’s take on those sub­jects and more, the scru­tiny grows while the wins stag­nate.

“It’s part of who I am and what I’ve ac­com­plished,” Woods said dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s press con­fer­ence at the Honda Clas­sic a day be­fore he shot 1-over-par in the first round. “I think it would have been prob­a­bly sim­i­lar if Jack was prob­a­bly in my gen­er­a­tion. Didn’t quite have the me­dia scru­tiny that they do now. And it’s just a dif­fer­ent deal, and I know that a lot of play­ers don’t get the same anal­y­sis with their games that I do. But it’s been like that since I turned pro.”

Man­ager Davey John­son won­dered about the dis­ad­van­tage the play-in win­ner would face in the di­vi­sional round if it threw its ace in the game. But John­son, in pro­fes­sional base­ball since 1965, prefers to fo­cus on win­ning the di­vi­sion. Only when that’s re­moved from the picture does he con­sider other av­enues to the post­sea­son.

On the other side is in­fielder An­thony Ren­don, who hasn’t known any­thing but base­ball’s ex­panded post­sea­son. He was 5 years old when the first wild card teams made the play­offs.

“They’ve had a cou­ple de­ba­cles in the past with the Rays and Yan­kees [and the wild card],” Ren­don said. “It makes it more fair now and there won’t be any ques­tion marks or as­ter­isks next to them.

“The more the mer­rier. You have those Cin­derella sto­ries, those teams that ex­plode at the right time.”

But sur­prise was the big­gest re­ac­tion, as play­ers gob­bled plates of eggs and di­gested the changes be­fore am­bling to the breezy field.

“We were all a lit­tle sur­prised,” starter Ed­win Jack­son said. “The game is full of sur­prises. It def­i­nitely puts a dif­fer­ent stroke on things.

“It’s a chance for an­other team to have a chance.”

NOTES: Bryce Harper will start in right field and hit third in Fri­day’s 1:05 p.m. ex­hi­bi­tion game against Ge­orge­town. . . . Matt Purke will start and throw about 40 pitches. ... Adam Laroche (an­kle/shoul­der) didn’t par­tic­i­pate in work­outs for the sec­ond straight day Thurs­day. ... John­son re­ported that Derosa (wrist) and Chad Tracy (knee) had no prob­lems Thurs­day.

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