Tiger Woods has admittedly had trouble adjusting to the green speeds at both of the year’s first two majors, and his former swing coach doesn’t think that it’s a coincidence.
On U.S. Open Sunday, with Woods out of the mix and on the verge of going 16 consecutive majors without a victory, Hank Haney tweeted:
I watched it for 6 yrs, I question Tiger's preparation, he doesn't practice his putting or short game enough on site at unfamiliar courses— Hank Haney (@HankDHaney) June 16, 2013
Haney, who coached Woods from 2004-2010, expanded on his views in a story Wednesday on FoxSports.com, noting that Woods is a “great greens rememberer” but isn’t “nearly as good” if he’s playing the course for the first time.
“For whatever reason, Tiger doesn’t prepare for majors as hard as he could,” Haney said, according to the report. “He plays the course in a rushed way maybe once or twice before the tournament week, then in the tournament week Tiger has gotten into the routine of playing nine-hole practice rounds on some days.”
In the wide-ranging interview about Woods, Haney also critiqued the world No. 1’s ball-striking, wedge play, and suggested that trying to pass Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 majors has taken its toll, mentally.