Tiger Woods ex-swing coach Hank Haney said he believes his star pupil never used performance-enhancing drugs, according to Hank Gola of The New York Daily News.
Asked if there was any indication Woods had ever dabbled in PEDs, Haney said, "No, none at all.
"I truly believe those (rumors) are 100% false. People that say otherwise are just starting rumors. It's based on no facts at all," he said.
Haney was referencing a recent Sports Illustrated poll where 24% of PGA Tour players surveyed believed Woods had taken PEDs.
"There's a lot of jealousy out there and people will say things but I will just tell you that I spent 110 days a year with Tiger for six years. I spent probably 40 to 50 nights a year at his house. I've never seen him do anything. He's never talked about anything," Haney said.
Questions about Woods and PEDs arose in late 2009 when a New York Times article linked Woods to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea. In his interview with The Golf Channel, which will air at 6 p.m. Sunday, Haney says he witnessed Galea's treatment of Woods' injured left knee and that the procedure was legitimate.
"I was there and watched the whole procedure," he said. "There was never anything that went into Tiger Woods' body that didn't come out of his body. They take blood out, they spin it, they inject the plasma back in. I totally believe that Tiger Woods has never taken any performance-enhancing drugs."
How Arnold Palmer was crowned the king of iced teaCNBC's Darren Rovell checks in with a nice story about how the Arizona Beverage Company took Arnold Palmer's famous half-iced tea/half-lemonade drink to the masses.
Ten years ago, Mark Dowey and his two friends in the dairy business were sitting in a country club dining room when one of them ordered an Arnold Palmer, the half lemonade, half iced tea drink combination made famous by the golfing legend.
Up until that point, Palmer — whose connection to the drink goes back to the late 1960's when he was reportedly overheard ordering the drink in a restaurant — had not capitalized on it. Knowing this, the three decided it would make sense to draw up a business plan — on a napkin of course — and present it to Palmer's agents at IMG.
IMG soon granted the rights for Arnold Palmer tea to Dowey's company, Innovative Flavors, who would search for the perfect partner to make the product.
As part of the process, the business team surrounding the now 80-year-old golfer trademarked his name associated with the product.
Now someone at Skippy needs to talk to IMG about trademarking Palmer's other culinary innovation: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in which the peanut butter side is toasted and the jelly side chilled. Palmer calls it a "Saturday" sandwich. Stray observationsJust a few items we noticed while wondering how many strokes we'd have to give Jerry Rice in the Golf.com office tournament.
Tiger Woods' Windermere, Fla., neighbor is charging Internet users $4 to hear him talk about Tiger being a "jerk." (via The Orlando Sentinel) The neighbor, Jay Adams, also claims to have video from Woods' Thanksgiving night accident scene, which took place in Adams' parents' front yard.
Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Leonard Davis helped rescue a group of baby ducklings from a sand trap at a Cowboys' sponsor appreciation golf outing Wedneday. (Via NBC Dallas-Fort Worth) It's the cutest thing we've seen since the photos of the cats sleeping in boxes went around.
Michelle Wie's started to work with Dave Pelz. (via The Golf Channel) Pelz isn't replacing Wie's longtime teacher David Leadbetter, just offering short-game advice.