Truth & Rumors: Struggling Sergio Garcia might decline Ryder Cup invite
Sergio Garcia missed the cut at the BMW Invitational in Munich last week, and if he doesn't start playing better, he might miss the Ryder Cup in Wales this October as well. Garcia, who has established himself as one of Team Europe's Ryder Cup stars, has struggled this season, dropping to 36th in the World Rankings, and his manager told The Daily Mail (UK) that Garcia might decline a wildcard pick from Team Europe captain Colin Montgomerie.
Garcia manager Carlos Rodrigues said: "He isn't enjoying his golf at all. He has even said that if Colin Montgomerie were willing to offer him a wild card he's not sure he would be of any help to the European team."Haney says he had 'dysfunctional' relationship with Woods (yeah, join the club)Tiger-ologists shouldn't miss Guy Yocom's interview with Hank Haney in Golf Digest. While Haney doesn't exactly tell all about Woods, his account of being a member of Team Tiger provides real insight into his mercurial boss.For example, Haney said he and Woods talked only twice after Woods finished fourth at the Masters, despite Woods's claim that they spoke "every day." During this time, Haney said his e-mail to Woods about what the golfer needed to improve in his game went unanswered.
It sounds like it became dysfunctional. It didn't get dysfunctional; it always was dysfunctional.Other interesting notes from the interview... Despite Yocom's best efforts, Haney won't call Woods cheap, but Woods doesn't sound like the most benevolent employer either.
Was Tiger generous with you? Did he express his appreciation to you in unusual ways, such as signing flags for you or dropping you notes? Generosity is relative. It was generous of him to give me the job. I don't have anything signed by Tiger, no. Not one thing. Did Tiger pay you well? I don't want to answer that. There's no reason for me to go there. It's been said that Tiger views any association with him as helping that person out. Do you go along with that? You said it, I didn't.The swing changes Woods worked on with Haney were not intended to relieve stress on Woods's oft-injured left knee:
No. The fact that the swing we worked on didn't stress his knee as much is coincidental.If you're looking for a reason Woods is struggling this year, don't ignore his injured neck:
As for this year, I think Tiger's neck injury has been a big factor.Haney might have been misled about initial reports of Woods's sex scandals:
I'd been warned that an article was coming out in The National Enquirer, and I think I was told that the story wasn't accurate.Also, Haney shares a great story about Woods's U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines.
I asked Dr. Rosenberg [who later performed the surgery to repair Tiger's torn ACL] what the treatment regimen was. He said it meant three weeks on crutches, then inactive for three weeks, then Tiger could start rehab. I remember looking at the calendar and saying, "So he's basically done for the year, right?" At that point Tiger came alive. He said, "I'm playing in the U.S. Open, and I'm going to win." He bent over and started putting on his shoes. "Come on, Hank, we're going to practice." I looked at Dr. Rosenberg and said, "I guess we're going to go practice."Coach says Michelle Wie might quit game by age 30Michelle Wie, who finished 19th at the LPGA Championship this weekend, 20 strokes behind winner Cristie Kerr, will head back to Stanford University this fall, and her coach, David Leadbetter, says Wie's future in the game will depend on her commitment, according to Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News.
Her coach clearly believes her commitment is an issue. Wie recently took two weeks off to work with Leadbetter. But he said it's "up to her what she wants to do in the world of golf" and said it's hard to be No. 1 if you're a part-time player. Wie will begin her senior year at Stanford in September and take a full course load. Leadbetter said he didn't expect Wie to play golf past age 30. It seems odd, hearing Wie's coach talk about retirement when she hasn't accomplished much on tour. It's a far cry from Juli Inkster talking about her enduring passion for the sport at 50. As Leadbetter says, it's a question of how badly Wie wants it. She has a lot of outside interests, including cooking, clothes and technology. When you're wealthy beyond imagining at 20, it must be difficult to maintain the hunger for golf.It's not easy to criticize someone for being a well-balanced person who wants to finish college, but good try, Lead.Stray shotsSome things we noticed while waiting for Bubba Watson to man up and stop sobbing...
Padraig Harrington likes the R&A's controversial lengthening of the famous "Road Hole" at St. Andrews, site of next month's British Open. (Via WeiUnderPar.com) Tiger Woods sure picked the wrong time to get involved in the course-design business. (Via Forbes.com)
Can the President play a simple round of golf without catching flak? Apparently not. (Via The Hill) German golfer Martin Kaymer wore his national team's soccer jersey during the final hole of the BMW Invitational in Munich on Sunday. (Via WaggleRoom.com)