The pitfalls of being Tigers coach

By Scott WalkerMay 12, 2010, 5:12 am
SAN ANTONIO – It would be a stretch to say that the players were all talking about the Tiger Woods-Hank Haney split at the Valero Texas Open. They were too busy trying to get out on a golf course that only San Antonio resident Cameron Beckman has seen much of before Tuesday. But, those we talked to as they prepped on the new TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course were neither surprised nor shocked at the latest change in the life of the world’s top player.

The consensus was this: when things get into a rut, a player often does something to change it up. That doesn’t mean that either the coach or the player are bad. Maybe, they are just bad for each other at the time. Jeff Maggert, who has changed swing coaches a few times, sees the role of the swing coach as a cheerleader who can help a player gain confidence in what he is already doing. Players, he said, already know their swings fairly well at this level.

The surprise is the lack of people who seem to want to beat down the door to advise the best player in the world. We spoke to Matt Killen, who has helped J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry to great heights over the last few years, and the first thing he brought up regarding the job were the pitfalls. Will you have to dump your other clients to work with Tiger? If you do that, will you be finished on Tour if Tiger leaves you? Can you ever get credit for the success that Tiger will have, or is it a no-win situation in terms of public perception?

There is money to be made by being the swing consigliere to Tiger Woods. But, as illustrated by Hank Haney’s tenure, you may reach a point were the benefits just are not worth the costs.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking 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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.