Haney walks away from Woods

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Hank Haney’s six-year run as Tiger Woods’ swing coach is over.

Haney told Golf Channel late Monday that he informed Woods that he will no longer be his coach.

“Just so there is no confusion, I would like to make it clear that this is my decision,” Haney said in a statement first released to Golf Channel.

“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.”

Hank HaneyHaney has endured harsh scrutiny almost since the day he first teamed with Woods in March of 2004. The criticism of Woods’ swing has heightened the last two weeks, since Woods missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship and again last week when Woods struggled with wild shots at The Players Championship.

NBC analyst Johnny Miller said last week that Woods ought to abandon Haney’s swing principles and return to the swing he used under Butch Harmon when he won four consecutive majors in 2000 and ’01.

Woods won 31 PGA Tour events and six majors in his six seasons under Haney.

Here is Haney’s complete statement:

“I have informed Tiger Woods this evening that I will no longer be his coach. 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.

“However, 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 been 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.”