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Sunday
May162010

"We're just taking a break right?"

The Hank-Tiger breakup takes on much more clarity after Haney's comments to John Huggan in this week's Scotland On Sunday.

"It was a tough decision, one I went back and forth on many times," said the 54-year old Dallas-based instructor, one day after announcing that he and Woods were finished as teacher and pupil. "I sent him a text. I wished him the best and told him I hope he finds someone else to help him. He first responded, 'thanks.' Then two seconds later he said again, 'we're just taking a break right?' I told him 'no, we're done.'

We're just taking a break? Did Tiger have Hank's number under Joslyn or Jaimee in the phone? Sorry, go on...

When all is said and done, I'm better off out of it. That's the bottom line. It is a huge weight off my shoulders."

Now, I'm still struggling with the notion of a teacher quitting on his pupil at his lowest point, but now we're starting to get the full picture as to why they couldn't go on.

Instead, Woods' typically curt response merely confirmed that the two were "still working together". One day later, his answer to speculation that he was about to fire Haney, was just as disingenuous: "Hank and I talk every day, so nothing has changed."

But even that seemingly simple statement was, in fact, more than debatable. Since the Masters almost a month before, the only contact between the two men had been a pair of short texts. They had not spoken directly and they certainly had not spent time on the practice range. So while the world of golf was privately and publicly slagging off Haney because of Woods' increasingly erratic driving, the reality was that the man getting the blame had had no opportunity to rectify any swing faults. Just one more thing Tiger neglected to mention.

"I wish he had stood up in a press conference and announced, at the very least, that he was sick of all the criticism, that he backed me and that he believed in me," says Haney. "But he never did."

Ahhh...get in line, Hank!

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I orginally thought Hank got canned and was trying to hide that fact.

Now, I think he realized that his only purpose to Tiger was as a scapegoat, so he packed his kit and hit the road. I don't think Tiger was "that into him" (to continue the break-up lingo), and he was being slowly squeezed out. Good for Hank for taking action and putting an end to a broken relationship.

I'll bet Tiger and Steiny are none to pleased about Hank's openness on this situation.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Do they or did they offer ethics classes at Stanford?

The thing I'm getting a good kick out of is that people pick on the snake/lizard-like motives in Hollywood. How is it any different in the World of Golf? At one time, this used to be a Gentleman's Game. (Sport by definition)
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom Naccarato
I remember late last year there were reports of Tiger really berating Haney on the range after a bad driving round.
Haney probably figured that this clown wasn't worth the pub he was getting anymore.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
"We're just taking a break right?" This is from a 34 year old multi-millionaire who is speaking to a man who works for him. The more we hear about Tiger the more he seems to have stopped growing emotionally at about age 15.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenterlongtimegolffan
Getting DEAD SHUT with the club behind you does not work very well does it!!!!

This is how little players understand about the swing, Tiger was working on this. He has been in and out of a good and bad swing now for 6 years. Can he get someone that understands how the swing MUST work? We will see.........
"Ahhh... get in line, Hank!
Just like Tiger is one of the only PGA tour players that I never heard give any credit for his success to his wife. Everyone else gets in line behind her.....
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry
Tiger tells the press that he and Hank speak every day. In reality, they hardly have contact for over a month. It is to the point that I don't believe a word that comes out of Tiger's mouth.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
COB- it is plainly clear that Tiger is a pathological liar. Or has no sense of reality.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered Commentervwgolfer
Huggan my be correct regarding stats, and that Tiger putted well in 2000. But crikey, his swing looks to be a mess with Haney and as for missing fairways, he really misses them.

But maybe Haney is being polite and saying that Tiger hasn't actually worked on his swing much lately so it's not my fault.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLongy
Tiger, call Johnny Miller and swallow your ego.
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKV
Melbourne sports radio station SEN this morning had former local Pro Mark Allen suggesting that Steve Williams was on the verge of following Hank Haney and Elin in dumping Tiger. Anyone heard anything?
05.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBucko
Is there anybody that still thinks Tiger is a human being? I said a long time ago he is a robot without any real emotions and doesn't have any real friends....Even his wife, supposedly the closest person in the world to him was kept at arms reach and has specific duties she was to perform...poor tiger
05.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Tiger plleading to Haney! sometimes there is justice in the world
05.17.2010 | Unregistered Commenterpt
i would be surprised if Stevie jumps soon.
05.17.2010 | Unregistered Commenterd.b.cooper

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