Haney resigns as Woods’ swing coach

Hank Haney first started working with Tiger Woods in March 2004.

Reader poll

Who will be Woods’ next swing coach?

  • Butch Harmon 18%
  • Sean Foley 21%
  • Other 34%
  • Woods will work alone 27%

1151 total votes.

Hank Haney, who has been Tiger Woods’ swing coach for more than six years, resigned from those duties Monday and released a statement on his Web site.

“I resigned because there is a time and place for everything and I believed that now was the time for me to step aside,” Haney said in an e-mail to Golfweek late Monday night. “I am very proud of the work that I have done with Tiger and the record that he has had with me helping him.”

After tying for fourth at the Masters, Woods missed the cut two weeks ago at the Quail Hollow Championship. He withdrew on Sunday midway through the final round at The Players Championship, citing a neck injury.

Woods released a statement on his Web site Tuesday.

“Hank Haney and I have agreed that he will no longer be my coach,” Woods said on his Web site. “Hank is an outstanding teacher and has been a great help to me, but equally importantly he is a friend. That will not change. I would like to thank him for all he has done for me the past six years.”

In his AT&T news conference Monday, Woods said he was still talking with Haney about things they planned to work on.

When asked May 4 at his news conference at The Players about the status of Haney, Woods said, “No change. I’m still working with him.”

Woods began working with Haney in March 2004 and won 31 PGA Tour events and six majors under Haney.

Haney, 54, has also worked with Mark O’Meara.

• • • 

Here is the statement in full from Haney’s Web site:

photo

Tiger Woods walks with Hank Haney during a practice round at Royal Liverpool before the 2006 British Open.

“I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes. I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golf course as I have had some incredible experiences. In coaching and teaching Tiger I have also learned a lot, not only about golf, but about people and life in general. It has been a great learning experience and along the way Tiger has elevated me in my own profession to a level that I never thought I would achieve before I had the opportunity to work with him.

“In many ways because of all of the time that I have spent with Tiger, I may have learned more from him than he has ever learned from me. So I believe at this time that it is in both of our best interests for me to step aside as Tiger's coach.

“I will always look back upon our past half dozen years together as my best days in professional golf. It would be a dream of any coach to have a student like Tiger Woods and for me it has a dream come true. Just so there is no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision. Tiger Woods and I will always be friends, but I believe that there is a time and place for everything and I feel at this time and at this place in my life I want to move forward in other areas.

“Tiger has been just an incredible performer in golf and he has achieved great success throughout his career. First with his father Earl, and then with Butch Harmon as his coach, followed by me, I know Tiger Woods will be successful in the future no matter who helps him. He is an incredible athlete with an incredible work ethic. As we all know, Tiger has been through a lot in the last six months, and I really believe that given the chance, mind free and injury free, we will all see Tiger Woods play once again like we all know he can.

“I wish Tiger well, not only with his golf, but in finding peace and happiness in all aspects of his life. Tiger knows that if he ever needs me in anyway, whether it be with his golf or just as a friend he can always call. I will always, as I have been in the past, be there for him. From a personal standpoint, I look forward to being able to make many more contributions to the great game of golf in the days and years ahead.”

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification