Since Hank Haney quit as Tiger Woods’ swing coach, he’s slowly become more and more candid about the dysfunctional relationship he had with the golfer. Haney completely pulled back the curtain to John Huggan of Scotsman.com on Sunday, confirming the astonishing level of deception of the public by his client:
Excerpt from Huggan’s piece on Haney:
Quite the contrary, in fact. Even since his latest return to competition at last month’s Masters, Woods noticeably failed to stick up for the man who has stood by his side – actually behind him on the range – for nearly 40 tournament victories, including six major championships. Just last week at the Players Championship (where he withdrew after six holes of the final round citing a neck injury), the world’s best golfer was asked about the state of his relationship with Haney.
In response there was, as ever, no statement of support for Haney and his swing philosophies. 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.”
Then there’s this from Ron Sirak of GolfDigest.com two days before Woods pulled out of The Players Championship with a neck injury:
“Knee’s good,” Woods said rather dismissively when asked about his health after the round. “No, zero. Absolutely 100 percent,” he added when pressed on whether there were any physical issues. He was also asked about the Achilles tendon problem he had last year but did not reveal until last month.
In quitting the tournament on Sunday, Woods said that his neck had been bothering him since two weeks before The Masters.
Obviously Woods has lied about his personal life to everyone over the years, but now we’re starting to verify his seemingly pointless lies to the golf media.
The lie about Woods’ communication with Haney is particularly grievous, as it completely misrepresented his relationship with his coach. It also gives indication why Haney finally quit on Woods, otherwise he would have had to lie himself to cover the myriad mistruths coming from his client.
Is it unreasonable to think at this point that Woods’ lying is clinical?
Pathological lying, or Pseudologia fantastica, is defined as:
Pathological lying is falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime.
An example of that is Woods lying about his communication with Haney to the media, which could be classified as,” falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view.”
In other words, Woods is lying for the sake of lying. He had very little to gain by lying about his communication with Hank Haney.
Pseudologia fantastica goes a lot further in explaining Tiger’s behavior than sex addiction.