Agonizing weeks of speculation finally came to end Thursday as Tiger Woods completed his first competitive round in over 300 days — and by most accounts, it was a promising performance: a three-under-par 69, three shots shy of first-round tournament leader Tommy Fleetwood.
One interested observer, however, was less-than-impressed with Woods's short game: Hank Haney, who worked with Woods during his major championship-winning heyday of 2004-09 (they ended their working relationship in 2010).
The problem? A seeming return of the dreaded chip yips, which were most brutally apparent during Tiger's career-worst score of 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015.
Tiger chunked two chips today, and Twitter lit up with assessments, with one user tagging Haney for his take.
Haney wasted no time adding his two cents:
It’s all ready a red flag, awful day around the greens https://t.co/Gldz0yPmjq— Hank Haney (@HankHaney) November 30, 2017
While some commenters found Haney's bluntness a bit harsh, he stood firm on his worries for Tiger's short game.
100 positive comments and 1 clear observation and I’m your least favorite person? I think Tiger wins this year but anyone that doesn’t think his short game is a red flag has his head in the sand https://t.co/9UW6mN43qY— Hank Haney (@HankHaney) November 30, 2017
Ultimately, Haney agreed with the general public that Thursday's round was a "good start." But it will take a few more stiffed chips before Woods has his former swing coach fully convinced.
Good start by Tiger, swing looked good to me, 69 despite playing the Par 5’s one over is good scoring, 1 Penalty Shot, 1 Three Putt, 2 Two Chips and he shoulda, woulda, coulda been leading.— Hank Haney (@HankHaney) November 30, 2017