Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hank Haney resigns as Tiger Woods' swing coach

ORLANDO, Florida -- Hank Haney resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach on Monday, according to a statement Haney issued to the Golf Channel.
"I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach," the statement said. "I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past six-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."
Woods spent some of his time at The Players Championship last week denying speculation that he was about to leave Haney, his swing coach since 2004, and added Monday that he was working on his swing.
"I talked to Hank about some of the stuff. We're still working on it," he said Monday during a news conference to promote the upcoming AT&T National in suburban Philadelphia. "We have a lot of work to do. I can't make the movements that I made before because of the neck. I need to get healthy to play the proper way."
Haney called his time with Woods "a great learning experience" and said that working with Woods "elevated me in my own profession to a level that I never thought I would achieve." In fact, he added, "I may have learned more from him than he has ever learned from me."
However, Haney said, he believes "it is in both of our best interests for me to step aside as Tiger's coach." And, he stressed, the decision was all his, though he added that he would always be there for Woods should he never need him.
"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," Haney said. "I wish Tiger well, not only with his golf, but in finding peace and happiness in all aspects of his life."
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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