Truth & Rumors: Haney happy to be done with Tiger

Tuesday May 18th, 2010

The Telegraph reports that Hank Haney is "relieved," to have ended his six-year relationship with the world's number one golfer, Tiger Woods. According to the story, Haney decided to make the move after Tiger failed to support him in the midst of post Quail Hollow criticism. Haney also added that he wasn't even working with Tiger at the time.

"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, but he never did."
Haney goes on to say the his decision was made that much easier when Tiger claimed they were indeed still working together at the time of his disastrous performance. Evidently Tiger wanted the two to continue the relationship but the now famous golf instructor was ready to call it a day.
"It was a tough decision, one I went back and forth on many times," Haney said. "I sent him a text. I wished him the best and told him I hope he finds someone else to help him. "He first responded: 'Thanks'. Then two seconds later he said again: 'We're just taking a break right?' I told him: 'No, we're done'. "When all is said and done, I'm better off out of it. That's the bottom line. It is a huge weight off my shoulders."
The bottom line: You probably didn't know who Hank Haney was pre-Tiger, but you sure know now.

Westwood thinks he's got a shot? The world's third-ranked golfer Lee Westwood has been knocking on the Major victory door for awhile now and it seems the high profile finishes may have gotten to his head. We all know the stocky Englishman had a close call at Torrey Pines in '08, but a T3 at the PGA in '09 and a 2nd at the Masters this year have clearly clouded his judgment. ESPN reports that when asked if he could pass Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods for one of the top two spots in the world he replied, "why not."

"The world rankings normally reflect consistency so I think the No. 1 and 2 spots are definitely there to be shot at. Both of them (Woods and Mickelson) are obviously capable of playing some fantastic golf but neither of them have really shown the consistency that the world No. 1 and No. 2 would ordinarily show. Phil obviously played very well to win the Masters -- I had a ringside seat for that one. I'll be trying to keep up my consistency and in the next few weeks and months with some big events coming up and try to get closer to them.
The bottom line: Westwood is a terrific player and a likable guy, but his inability to close the big ones makes No. 3 about as high as he can hope to go. Romo could've played golf instead of football According to a story in USA Today, Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Philips wouldn't have minded if his star QB, Tony Romo, had skipped practice in order to try and qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
"I wouldn't have minded if he wouldn't have been here. I mean, the guy works hard every day and has never missed anything. He kept that streak going."
Romo has said he was not disappointed at missing his chance at playing in the Nelson but does intend on trying to qualify for the U.S. Open later this week.
The bottom line: If Romo ever wants to win a playoff game he should probably spend a little less time on the links and lot more watching film.

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