On March 5 a source revealed to me that Tiger Woods had summoned swing coach Hank Haney to Orlando to monitor the golfer’s practice sessions and that the coach had rented a house in Augusta for Masters week. (The Golf Channel confirmed Haney’s presence in Orlando on March 8.)
On March 11, Robert Lusetich of FOXSports.com was first to confirm that Woods would play The Masters.
Today, the same source who told me the first week of March that Haney was joining Woods in Orlando and had rented a house in Augusta for Masters week, provided me more news about Haney’s relationship with Woods.
The source told me that following The Masters, Woods decided to “part ways” with Haney as his swing coach. The decision was made by Woods to break ties with Haney before the golfer’s disastrous performance at the Quail Hollow Championships this week.
My source added that as of yesterday, Haney had not yet been told that he was officially being let go by Woods, but that the golfer would make his intentions known to Haney and the public “soon“.
Haney was not at Quail Hollow this week, but in the past, it wasn’t unusual for the swing coach to not accompany Woods on Tour. My source said that Haney attended only “a handful” of events in which Woods played last year.
But with Woods struggling so mightily for any semblance of consistency, it was curious to see Haney not available to the golfer this week. Haney was previously seen with Woods at The Masters.
With the Players Championship next week and the U.S. Open right around the corner, this is a critical time for Woods so to jettison Haney at this moment might seem like a curious move to some. (But certainly not all.)
One wonders if Haney had been invited to Quail Hollow this week, might things have gone differently for Woods?