Hank Haney might not be on Team Tiger anymore, but Tiger Woods isn't replacing his ex-coach's ideas.After his round of 72 and T19 finish at the Memorial on Sunday, Woods said he was pleased with his ability to shape the ball, but that he still needed to work on his tee shots and he would continue to follow Haney's swing ideas. Last month, Haney resigned as Woods's swing coach after six years working with the World No. 1.
Q. But what are you going back to? What's the model? TIGER WOODS: Just working with what I was doing with Hank, for sure. Q. Same stuff you did with Hank? TIGER WOODS: Absolutely.
Woods said he needs to be able to hit the ball both ways, a right-to-left draw and a left-to-right fade, to have a chance to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which begins in less than two weeks. Woods will not play in this week's Tour stop, the St. Jude's Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
"[Pebble Beach] a shot-making golf course," Woods said. "You have to hit the ball well there because the greens are so small. I mean, they rival Hilton Head in size, and then also they have so much more pitch." How close is Woods to regaining his form? Woods said he's more than halfway back, but not by much.
Q. Where would you put yourself in the progression you're on right now? Are you over 50 percent of the way to being back? TIGER WOODS: Definitely, absolutely. Absolutely. Q. 60? 70? 80? TIGER WOODS: More the first part.
In other Tiger news, ESPN's injury expert Stephania Bell files a helpful report on Woods' neck injury, which she said didn't appear to cause him discomfort at the Memorial.How to Win the Ryder Cup and Influence People USA Today's Steve DiMeglio talks with 2008 Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger about Cracking the Code, The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make It Work for You, Zinger's book about his successful Ryder Cup captaincy and the lessons it holds for executives.
It's an entertaining read, but I wish we got to hear more about this exchange:
Has 2010 USA captain Corey Pavin reached out to you? No, not yet. He did text me and wanted a copy of the book. I know he's talked to tons of people but he hasn't asked me anything yet. That's fine. He doesn't need me to be a successful captain. He doesn't need me at all. He'll be fine. There have been some captains who have micro-managed everything and lost. There have been captains who were drunk every night and won. There is no blueprint on winning.
We've had Ryder Cup captains who were drunk every night?!?! Could I get a follow-up question, please? Stay observations Some items we noticed while wondering if a Celtics-Lakes Game 7, the World Cup and the opening round of the 2010 U.S. Open would be the greatest TV sports day ever.
Stewart Cink's charity tournament is kinkier than you might imagine. (Via Ryan Ballangee's Waggle Room) Legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins says Woods's comeback is a joke compared to Ben Hogan's career after his car accident. "Hogan won six majors after his accident," Jenkins said. "If Tiger Woods tops that, the good news is, I'll be dead and won't see it." (Via GeoffShackelford.com)
If Golden Tee makes a game for the iPhone, we might finally break down and buy one. (Via The Chicago Sun-Times)