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Woods & Haney Split Up
Tiger Woods has parted ways with Hank Haney, his swing coach for the past six years. Woods hasn't announced who his next coach might be.
Haney said in a statement on his website Monday night that he resigned. Woods posted a short comment on his website Tuesday that the two agreed Haney would no longer work with him.
"Hank Haney and I have agreed that he will no longer be my coach," read Tiger's statement. "Hank is an outstanding teacher and has been a great help to me, but equally importantly he is a friend. That will not change. I would like to thank him for all he has done for me the past six years."
"Just so there is no confusion, I would like to make it clear that this is my decision," Haney said in his statement.
On Tuesday morning, Haney was interviewed on The Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. When asked whether Woods's much-chronicled off-course problems put him in a bad situation, Haney responded: "Yeah, it has. What was I going to say? I didn't know anything about what went on, but people just assumed that I did. If I said, 'No, I didn't know,' they're not going to think, well, not only did he know, but he's a liar, too. So, there wasn't anything I could say.
"And it's better for me to just stay out of it. My job was to do my job and to coach, and Tiger's my friend and I try to be supportive of him. He made some bad mistakes, but he took responsibility for them, and he tried to get some help. And he's trying to do better. I don't know what else a guy can do."
Haney said he's ready to move on after being the target of criticism over the past few months about his pupil's deteriorating golf swing. "I'm not going to say it didn't bother me, but that's not the most important thing to me," he said. "I just try to do the best job I can and I felt like I did with Tiger. I'm really proud of the record he had since I've been with him, and it's been, like I said, an incredible opportunity."
Last week on SIRIUS XM Radio with host Matt Adams, noted swing instructor Butch Harmon - and Tiger's teacher before Haney - was especially critical. "Tiger Woods is, to me, his game is in disarray. There's no doubt about that," Harmon said.
"That's obvious. Anybody that plays golf can look out there and see that, that he's not Tiger Woods. But until he gets his head on straight and he gets his things in his mind settled, with some professional help I would add, I think it's going to be a while before we see the old Tiger Woods. He will figure out the mechanical part of it, the physical part of it. It's the mental part of it, I think, that's hurting him right now."