With all the bad blood that materialized between Hank Haney and Tiger Woods after Haney's tell-all book on his former student, it's a little suprising that the famed golf coach would defend the current Bay Hill champ on much of anything. However, when a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel asked Haney about Tiger's potential use of performance enhancing drugs, the Haney responded immediately:
"No, I don't believe Tiger ever did [performance-enhancing drugs]," said Haney, whose book The Big Miss is one of the most intriguing portraits of sports greatness since John Feinstein wrote a A Season on the Brink about Bob Knight. "Tiger works out in the gym like you wouldn't believe. His physical therapist for a long time was a very good friend of mine for over 25 years and has always been clean as a whistle."
Haney also went on to once again defend his book, The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, against accusations that he violated the student-teacher code by giving the world an inside look at Tiger's life.
"These aren't just his memories. He doesn't have a patent on them," said Haney. "He doesn't have an exclusive on them. They're my memories, too, and I wanted to be able to share them."
Schwartzel serves up unique Masters dinner menu As all golf fans know, one of the Masters' great traditions is the annual Champions Dinner, where the previous year's winner serves whatever menu he wants. The current honor goes to South African native Charl Schwartzel, who has been talking up his grilling abilities for awhile and made it pretty clear he was going to offer up some unusual dishes from his home country. According to USA Today, the menu will include some typical but delicious fare including jumbo lump crab meat, filet mignon, lamp chops, lobster, oysters, king crab legs and Dauphinoise potatoes.
But for the more adventurous Schwartzel has some of his personal favorites available like sliced biltong (a South African cured meat), biltong sticks [pictured below], and droewors (dried sausage) and cream cheese, all covered with Wellington sweet chili sauce. Traditional South African barbecue with Monkey Gland sauce will also be on the menu, as well as ice cream sundaes and a wine list that includes 2010 Cape of Good Hope, Van Lill & Visser, Chenin Blanc; and a 2007 Anthonij Rupert, Cabernet Sauvignon. McIlroy extends partnership with UNICEF Rors isn't just a talented golfer and wealthy superstar with a celebrity girlfriend, he's also a good guy to boot. On Tuesday the young native of Northern Ireland announced an extension of his global partnership with UNICEF while also showing off his new golf bag, which sports the UNICEF logo.
"When an organization like UNICEF needs your help to change the future for young people across the world, you jump at the opportunity to get involved," said McIlroy. "I am very fortunate to have a fantastic group of supporters worldwide who I hope will care as much as I do about the survival and development of the children who need our help the most.A branding position became available on my bag and I knew right away that UNICEF was the correct fit," continued McIlroy. "I try to help out whenever I can, and I saw this as an opportunity to give UNICEF some added exposure and hopefully increase awareness for such a great cause."
I could see any of these 12 winning at Augusta: Rory, Phil, Tiger, Luke, Lee, Keegan, Dustin, Stricker, Adam, Hunter, Watney and Bubba.
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) April 3, 2012