Tiger’s swing coach resigns

2010-05-11 12:02

Tiger Woods’ longtime swing coach resigned yesterday, leaving the

world’s number 1 player without one of his top advisers as he tries to rebuild

his game.

Hank Haney told the Golf Channel that he enjoyed working with Woods

but he thinks it’s time for him to step aside as his coach.

Haney said: “I will always look back upon our past half-dozen years

together as my best days in professional golf.

It would be a dream of any coach

to have a student like Tiger Woods and for me it has come true.

Just so there is

no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision.

“I know Tiger Woods will be successful in the future no matter who

helps him,” he said.

There had been speculation at The Players’ Championship that Woods

was about to leave Haney, his swing coach since 2004. But he said earlier

yesterday he was working with Haney on his swing.

Haney’s resignation is another blow for Woods, who was forced to

withdraw during the final round at TPC Sawgrass because of neck spasms.

It was his first withdrawal from a tournament since the Nissan Open

at Riviera in 2006, and came on the heels of his missed cut at Quail Hollow

following the highest 36-hole score of his career.

Haney was right by Woods’ side as he prepared to compete in the

Masters in his first tournament since the well-publicised sex scandal shattered

his image. He tied for fourth at Augusta, but it’s been all downhill

since.

Haney said: “As we all know, Tiger has been through a lot in the

past six months and I really believe that given the chance, mind free and injury

free, we will all see Tiger Woods play once again like we all know he can.

“I wish Tiger well, not only with his golf, but in finding peace

and happiness in all aspects of his life.

Tiger knows that if he ever needs me

in any way, whether it be with his golf or just as a friend he can always call,”

he said.

Compounding Woods’ problems on the course is his health, which has

put his schedule in flux.

Woods said during yesterday’s news conference that his neck started

bothering him two weeks before the Masters.

He brushed it off as “no big deal” and believed he could play

through the pain.

That changed on Sunday at The Players’ Championship where his

creaky neck locked up and prevented him from making his usual forceful turn on

the ball on even a routine shot.

Woods, who was in suburban Philadelphia to promote this summer’s

AT&T National, said he’s been taking anti-inflammatory drugs, but they have

not helped.

He plans to have an MRI when he returns to Orlando, and was

non-committal about playing the US Open on June 17-20. – Sapa-AP


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