Monday, January 23, 2012

The 2011 season ended in a ‘24’-style cliffhanger with Tiger winning the Chevron. Back playing this week, will Tiger continue his winning way in 2012? Can he still break Jack’s record? Did former coach and current biographer Hank Haney breach Tiger’s trust. We asked our Top 100 Teachers for the real story. Here's what they said: Graph1_v2 Graph2 Comments:  "I would absolutely bet more if I had it." --David Glenz, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, N.J "No, but that is only because I would never bet that amount on anything. I still think he has a shot at it." --Dom DiJulia, Dom DiJulia School of Golf, New Hope, Pa.   "I would bet my house on Tiger breaking Jack's record 18 majors. When Tiger is done he will own 24 majors." --Mike Adams, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, N.J. Graph3 Comments: "If it’s all about golf, then don't teachers share their knowledge to help others become better? If it’s not about golf then its weak." --Jim Murphy, Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land, Texas  "He is being selfishly opportunistic. His ego is far beyond his teaching knowledge." --David Glenz, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, N.J "Not unless he wants to lose all credibility and make some tabloid $$$." --Joe Hallet, PGA Center for Learning and Performance, Port St. Lucie, Fla.  "Hank's claim that the book covers part of golf history has validity but we'll have to see how far he will all depend on the content for me." –-Dom DiJulia, Dom DiJulia School of Golf, New Hope, Pa. "Why not? I can't wait to read it." --Steve Bosdosh, The Members Club at Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.     "I would have to think that Tiger did more for Hank's career than Hank did for Tiger's. Pretty sure the Golf Channel wouldn't do a Haney Project if Hank was teaching me instead of Tiger." --Jason Carbone, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.      "Why would an instructor write a book about any student? The intimacy of a relationship that long and well-known should remain private. I compare it to a spouse writing a book about their well-known partner following a divorce." –-David Wright, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club , Mission Viejo, Calif. "Yes, unless he's allergic to making a ton money." --Tom Stickney, Big Horn Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.
  Graph4 Comments: "He can still control his trajectory and distance at an elite level." –-Jason Carbone, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.  "I don't see him as having a dominate part of his game at this time." --Ed Ibarguen, Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C. Graph5 --
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