Hank Haney: Tiger’s dead dad & bodyguard

March 29, 2012 by staff 

Hank Haney: Tiger’s dead dad & bodyguard, Tiger Woods’ former swing coach thinks the 14-time major winner’s chances at the Masters next week depend on his putter. Once a coach, always a coach for Hank Haney even after writing a detailed book about his most famous student.

“I don’t think you can predict how someone is going to putt,” Haney said on Wednesday while signing copies of his book, “The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods,” at a midtown Manhattan golf store a day after its release. “Tiger hasn’t putted well enough at Augusta in some time, since 2005. If he putts well – it really gets down to eliminating three putts. If he does that I would be very surprised if he doesn’t have a chance to win. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t have a chance to win.”

Haney pointed to a recent change in Woods’ putting stroke, a switch back to an older style, as reason for his improved performance on the greens that helped him to victory at Bay Hill last week.

And Haney is in position to know. He worked with Woods from 2004-10, when the then-No. 1 player in the world won six majors but resigned not long after Woods returned to the PGA Tour from a sex scandal that ended his marriage and sent his life into turmoil.

“The Big Miss” generated a lot of buzz in the months leading up to its release because of excerpts that focused in part on Woods’ obsession with the Navy SEALS and his relationship with wife Elin Nordegren, but it’s a more complicated look at a self-centered superstar athlete.

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