Truth & Rumors: Haney says Woods is a sex addict
In a wide-ranging interview with The Golf Channel's Jim Gray, Tiger Woods ex-swing coach Hank Haney said that Woods is being treated for sex addiction. Woods has said he is being treated for addiction, but has never specified what particular addiction he was battling.
"The only thing I knew about was his issue with sex addiction," Haney said.
In the interview, Haney defended his tenure with Woods and said that Woods' recent on-course struggles are related to fall-out from his recent sex scandals, not a swing flaw.
"Last year, he played in 19 tournaments and he had 17 top 10 finishes and seven victories," Haney said. "This year he's struggled, but he's only played in three tournaments and he's been off for five months.
"I don't think there any doubt [the scandals] are affecting him," Haney continued. "He's a human being and he's got a lot on his plate to deal with right now, a lot more than people know about."
Haney said that he remains friends with Woods, and that Woods' scandals did not affect their professional relationship. His only criticism of Woods was that Woods didn't defend Haney when the coach was blamed for Woods' poor outings.
"I feel like I was treated well for the most part," Haney said. "Obviously I took a lot of criticism. He could have stepped up a little more and been a little more supportive. Sometimes his answers were evasive. ... That would be the only area I would say something was an issue."
Haney said that Woods could be more open with the media and disclose things like his recent neck injury. However, he said, that's part of Woods' playing philosophy.
"He doesn't complain and he never wants to make an excuse," Haney said. "That makes him hesitant to talk about anything that bothers him. In general, I think he'd be better off if he was a little more forthcoming."
Haney, who said he spent 110 days a year with Woods over the last six years, said he never saw anything to suggest Woods used performance-enhancing drugs. Anyone who claims otherwise is just starting rumors, Haney said.
"I totally believe that Tiger has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs," he said. Tony Romo pulled from Byron Nelson qualifier Cowboys QB Tony Romo had advanced to the Monday qualifier for this week's Byron Nelson Tournament in Dallas, but he skipped the qualifier to attend a Cowboys team meeting. Talking to Todd Archer of The Dallas Morning News, Romo didn't sound too upset.
"It's not as big a thing," Romo said. "I'm a football player. I love football and it's fun to play football but once in a while I get out and I love competition whether it was golf, basketball or ping pong. Whatever it is, it's enjoyable to compete. Almost on a daily basis I'm always competing with myself but it's nice to be able to beat someone else every once in a while. That's what we get when we're out here in practice."Tiger babes in online catfight Rachel Uchitel, known as Tiger Woods mistress No. 1, took down porn star Jocelyn James in an interview with TMZ. Asked if James was using her alleged affair with Woods as a "career move," Uchitel said, "My personal opinion is that she said she wouldn't go down that road and she did. To each their own. It's probably getting her more money than she had before, but it's nothing that I would do."
Romo will attempt to move on to the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open with the local qualifier Thursday at the Honors Golf Club in Carrollton.
James of course responded on Radar Online, calling Uchitel a "bed-jumper."
In other Tiger mistress news, TMZ reports that Uchitel has signed a deal to pose for Playboy. Stray Observations Just a few items we noticed while listening to the CD of Masters Works: Soundtrack Music From and Inspired by Golf's Majors on CBS...
David Leadbetter nominates Sean Foley to be Tiger Woods' next swing coach. (Via The New York Times) We thought he'd pull a Cheney.
The solution to making golf popular with young people: Be more like ... tennis? (Via The Wall Street Journal)
A golf-cart injury might end the career of Denver Broncos offensive lineman Matt McChesney (Via Yahoo! Sports)
Finally, Tommy Armour III hosts the PGA Tour's best party of the year Monday night in Dallas. In an interview with Golf Magazine last year, Armour said all the stories you've heard are true, even the one about the sushi served on naked models.