PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – NBC’s Johnny Miller said Wednesday that Tiger Woods should forget what Hank Haney’s teaching him and go back to the swing Butch Harmon helped him fashion in Woods' most dominant run almost a decade ago.
Haney answered back, telling GolfChannel.com that Miller should look closer at what Woods has accomplished while working with Haney.
Miller made his comments in a media teleconference advancing NBC’s coverage of The Players Championship.
“This might be a little harsh, but I really believe [Woods] needs to, every night, watch the U.S. Open in the year 2000 in Pebble and just copy that swing and forget the [Hank] Haney stuff,” Miller said. “That was the best golf anybody has every played in history.”
Informed of Miller’s opinion in an e-mail from GolfChannel.com, Haney responded:
“The facts are what they are,” Haney wrote. “I didn’t start in 2001. I started in 2004. In the last 2½ years, Tiger has won 44% of his tournaments and finished Top 3 in 61%. In the 2½ years before I started working with him, he won 24% and finished Top 3 in 43%.”
Woods won the Tiger Slam, his four consecutive majors, under Harmon in 2000-01. Woods’ relationship with Harmon ended in the summer of ’02. Woods began working with Haney in ’04.
Miller cracked that he would take radical measures on the first tee before Thursday’s start of The Players if he were Woods’ caddie.
“I’d probably break the driver and just say ‘let’s go play,’” Miller said.