Hank Haney, who has been the swing coach for Tiger Woods the past six years, has re-signed from that position. There has been speculation for some time that Tiger would be telling Haney to get lost, but it seems that Haney has taken the initiative and stepped down.
Chances are, Haney is just sick and tired of the circus that is Tiger Woods’ life these days. We don’t know for sure what the reason, but we like to make wild guesses whenever possible.
“I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach,” Haney said in a statement. “I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes. I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golf course as I have had some incredible experiences.
“In coaching and teaching Tiger I have also learned a lot, not only about golf, but about people and life in general. It has been a great learning experience and along the way Tiger has elevated me in my own profession to a level that I never thought I would achieve before I had the opportunity to work with him. In many ways because of all the time I have spent with Tiger, I may have learned more from him than he has ever learned from me.
“However, I believe at this time that it is in both of our best interests for me to step aside as Tiger’s coach. 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 is an incredible athlete with an incredible work ethic.
“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. I will always, as I have been in the past, be there for him. From a personal standpoint, I look forward to being able to make many more contributions to the great game of golf in the days and years ahead.”
Look for Tiger to become a mess and start shanking balls in all directions. We’d be surprised if he ever plays golf again.