Hank Haney - January 26, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 26, 2012, 2:59 pm

Famed Teaching Professional Hank Haney is the author along with Jaime Diaz of the upcoming book “The Big Miss” about his six years as Tiger Woods’ Swing Instructor. Much has been made of this collaboration and he had the idea to write this book a long time ago because he knew how unique an opportunity to work with maybe the world’s greatest golfer really is. Diaz was his first choice to work with because he is such a good writer and is very well-respected.

He feels that there will be a lot of surprises in the book about Tiger and about their relationship as well. The first prerequisite of this book was that it was not going to be a gossipy tell-all and it is not but he added that there will be surprises. He learned so much from working with arguably the greatest player in the world and he really wants to share these experiences and lessons with others. His biggest concern was being able to remember all of those moments because all of them were so special.

In reaction to Tiger’s comments, Haney said he would be surprised if Tiger did not read the book because he reads everything and also when it comes to their relationship, the moments and the memories belong to him just as much as they belong to Tiger. Tiger is concerned about what is in it and when asked if he should be concerned, Haney added that it will depend on what he does not want people to learn about. But at the end of the day, he witnessed greatness and he wants to share it with others.

When Tiger called him unprofessional in what he was doing, he was taken aback by that description because he had always had a plan to write a book and he does not see how he could be unprofessional if he wanted to write a book without knowing what it would ultimately be about. On the question of money as a motivator, Haney added that he has been very fortunate in his professional life and money is not a factor here.

In his talks with Jaime Diaz about working together on this book, he knew that Diaz would be concerned with the tone of the work and he made an effort to show him that this book would not be a takedown tell-all but instead a historical perspective of their time together. Once Diaz knew that  this would be the motivation for the book, Diaz signed on with the project.

Tiger is in the third incarnation of his golf swing with Sean Foley and Haney pointed out that his grip is now much stronger, the club position is more upright at the top, and he is trying to make sure that the club is in front of him when he makes the downswing. When he taught Tiger he worked to try to eliminate the left side of the course and since he started working with Foley he is missing to the left a lot more but everyone has to miss somewhere. He feels that Tiger’s swing looks really good and if you are able to be more versatile in your ability to hit cuts and draws you will have more confidence on the course. He needs to work on his putting because no matter how good your swing is, you still have to putt.

When he worked with Tiger, he did not teach Tiger on putting as much as he observed him. He would look to see if Tiger was getting worse in his putting unlike on his swing where they always worked to get better. Speed and tempo are key to good putting and if he can get those things right, he will putt well because he has had it right in the past. But in order for that to happen, he will have to log a lot of hours on the practice putting green.

“The Big Miss” will be released just before The Masters and while he said that he does not pick the release date, he doubts that it will have any impact on Tiger at all because he does not get distracted by anything.

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Pairings, tee times set for championship match

By Jay CoffinMay 23, 2018, 1:02 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – Alabama coach Mic Potter has three first-team All-Americans on this team. It’s little surprise that all three are going out first in the Crimson Tide’s championship match against Arizona Wednesday at Karsten Creek.

Potter tinkered with his lineup in both the quarterfinal victory over Kent State and the semifinal win over USC. But with the NCAA title on the line, this one was a no brainer.

“We don’t want to sacrifice anything,” Potter said. “We just want to give ourselves a chance to win every match.”

Arizona kept its lineup the same all day Tuesday in defeating Pac-12 foes UCLA and Stanford in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. That meant junior Bianca Pagdanganan, the Wildcats grittiest player this week, was in the last match of the day. She won twice.

Now, with all the marbles riding on the championship match, Arizona coach Laura Ianello moved Pagdanganan up to the third spot to assure that her match is key to the final outcome.

Junior Haley Moore, Arizona’s best player all year, is in the fifth spot and will face Alabama senior Lakareber Abe.

“Win or lose tomorrow, this has been a helluva ride,” Ianello said.

Alabama (2) vs. Arizona (8)

3:25PM ET: Lauren Stephenson (AL) vs. Yu-Sang Hou (AZ)

3:35PM ET: Kristen Gillman (AL) vs. Gigi Stoll (AZ)

3:45PM ET: Cheyenne Knight (AL) vs. Bianca Pagdanganan (AZ)

3:55PM ET: Angelica Moresco (AL) vs. Sandra Nordaas (AZ)

4:05PM ET: Lakareber Abe (AL) vs. Haley Moore (AZ)

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Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.

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Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

“I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $7.1 million

Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke

Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

• 52 under par at Colonial last five years (best of anyone by 27 strokes in that span)

• 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)

Rickie Fowler

• First start since missed cut at The Players

• More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018

Jon Rahm at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

Jon Rahm

• Finished T-2 in this tournament last year (66 in final round)

• 17 top-5 finishes in 46 official worldwide individual starts as professional

Webb Simpson

• First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

• Fifth on Tour in strokes gained: putting this season (177th two seasons ago)