Give Rocco Mediate an hour with Tiger Woods, and the Champions Tour player says he can fix Tiger’s swing and get him back on Tour.
During an interview with GOLF LIVE, Mediate lamented the demise of Woods’ game, saying Woods’ injuries, surgeries, and subsequent departure from the game (at least temporarily) could all have been avoided.
“It makes me so mad that he isn’t where he should be at 40 years old,” Mediate said. “Why do you think his back’s gone out? Why do you think he’s got 18,000 surgeries? Because his golf swing is not right. And the people that are teaching him are not right.”
Among the teachers he says got it wrong with Woods, Mediate named Woods’ old coach, Hank Haney, specifically.
Mediate underwent his own back surgery in 1994. He famously lost to Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, but unlike Woods, Mediate was able to rebound from surgery and resurrect his career. He recently won his first senior tour major, the Senior PGA Championship, finishing with a 19-under-par 265 and breaking the tournament record by three shots.
What frustrates Mediate most is how quickly he thinks he can fix Woods: with 15 minutes and about a month of work.
“His back injuries are not even close to what mine were,” Mediate said. “I’m nothing in the world of golf, okay? I’m not even a tenth of the athlete this kid is. You mean to tell me we can’t make him better, as good a shape as he’s in? Are you kidding me? It’s a walk in the park. It’s like walking your dog going over the green. It’s easy. He’s that easy to make better. But he keeps going to the wrong people.”
You can catch the full interview tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET on GOLF LIVE.