Haney: Woods can still pass Nicklaus' 18 majors

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2011, 11:38 pm

STATELINE, Nev. – Tiger Woods’ ex-swing coach believes the former No. 1 player can win the five majors he needs to pass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18. Hank Haney says it’s just a matter of Woods getting healthy.

Woods is not at the British Open this week, missing his second straight major while he tries to recuperate from “minor injuries” to his left knee and Achilles due to an awkward stance in the pine straw in the third round at The Masters. Woods has had four knee surgeries since his freshman year at Stanford.

“So he’s going to be in some level of discomfort for the rest of his career,” said Haney, who was at the American Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe this weekend. “Now, it’s just a question of whether or not he can tolerate that.”

Haney, the swing coach for Woods during one his most successful stretches, says the key for Woods is getting back to where he can practice regularly.

In announcing earlier this month that he would skip the British Open, Woods said he hadn’t hit golf balls since May. The knee injuries, combined with the sex scandal that led to his divorce, have limited Woods to about half as much practice time as he used to get, Haney said.

“That’s a lot of missed time,” Haney said Friday. “Given the opportunity to practice and play, if he still has the desire and the passion, and he has the body that will allow him to do it, then there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t still break Nicklaus’ record.”

Haney said there are two ways to look at it because Nicklaus was 46 when he won his last major at the Masters in 1986. Woods is 35.

“Tiger has 40 more majors to play in. But these majors are slipping by,” Haney said. “And then you look and you say he just needs to win five more. But the fourth and fifth one will be the really difficult ones. But you can say he’s got plenty of time, he could do it.”

On the other hand, Haney said it would mean Woods would have to win “more majors than Phil Mickelson has won his whole career and he has to do it after the age of 35.”

“When you start looking at it like that, you think this is going to be really difficult,” Haney said. “But I wouldn’t put anything past him, if he can prepare and play. He’s arguably the greatest or the second greatest player that’s ever played the game. But he’s still got to play and practice.”

Haney was at the celebrity golf tournament on the California-Nevada border as part of his continuing efforts to help Charles Barkley, the NBA great turned TV analyst known for his love of golf and his infamous stutter swing.

Barkley is “so great for the game of golf and the game of golf loves him. You see by the reception he always gets here,” Haney told reporters at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course before the 54-hole tourney began.

While Haney had success as Woods’ swing coach, he didn’t fare as well getting the hitch out of Barkley’s swing on his Golf Channel television show two years ago.

“But it’s kind of his trademark now. I don’t know, he’s probably made millions off the hitch,” Haney said. “Who else has had five million people look at their swing on YouTube, you know?”

Haney said Barkley swings without the hitch on the practice tee, but for some reason isn’t able to pull the trigger when he gets on the course.

“It’s only like 50 yards, maybe, at the most from the practice tee to the first tee,” he said. “But for him it must seem like it’s 550 yards, because once he gets over that first tee, something different happens.”

Barkley was tied for second to last after Friday’s first round.

“He’s probably the most humble, gracious, giving professional athlete-celebrity that I’ve ever seen, and one of my favorite people in the world,” Haney said. “And it bothers me when I see him out there just struggling so much.”

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm