Over 40 days, GOLF.com is rolling out Tiger Woods’ 40 biggest moments. Our ranking started on Nov. 21 and will culminate on Dec. 30, which is Tiger’s 40th birthday. That’s 40 Tiger moments. In 40 days. Ranked. Click here to learn more about our list.
Tiger’s Biggest Moments: No. 37 – Breakup with Hank Haney
When you’re the best player in the game, everything is under a microscope. Especially a high-profile breakup with your swing coach.
Tiger Woods and Hank Haney began working together in 2004, and they had an epic run. Under Haney, Woods won six of his 14 majors and more than a third of his tournaments. There were also a couple of insane runs of dominance. For instance, T-2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 in 2006-07 and 1, 1, T-2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 in 2007-08.
Then came the knee injury in the summer of 2008, followed by six more wins in 2009. Then the scandal in November ’09. Haney had seen the highest highs and the lowest lows, but their relationship ended after the 2010 Players Championship. Rumors of a split intensified when Haney didn’t appear onsite at TPC Sawgrass and Woods had a disastrous practice round. Woods would withdraw in the final round due to neck spasms.
The following day, Haney released a statement on his website announcing his resignation. He reportedly informed Woods of his decision via text.
“Just so there is no confusion, I would like to make it clear that this is my decision,” Haney said in the statement.
Three years later, Haney would release, “The Big Miss,” his tell-all book about his six years as Tiger’s coach that offered insight into his notoriously private pupil. Sean Foley would replace Haney as Woods’ swing coach later in 2010.
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