We have all been wondering why Tiger Woods has had had such difficult at major championships in recent years. He has failed to record a victory at a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Well, his former coach Hank Haney thinks he has the answer. This comes on the heels of Haney declaring Woods as the clear favorite to win the U.S. Open this year.
“For whatever reason, Tiger doesn’t prepare for majors as hard as he could,” he said. “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 a routine of playing nine-hole practice rounds on some days.”
So, essentially, Haney is saying that Woods doesn’t put in the requisite amount of work in order to succeed on the biggest stages in the game of golf. He feels that Woods relied for much of his career on sheer ability. Now that he’s getting older and has suffered several injuries that simply won’t cut it anymore. “His best is not necessarily better than everyone else anymore,” Haney said. “We saw that last year with Rory Mcllroy.”
There are many things said about Woods on any given day. He has throngs of adoring fans and also has his fair share of detractors. Personally, I’m not in either camp. I think he’s great for the game but that’s pretty much where it ends. The game of golf is more popular when Tiger is relevant but that’s the extent to which I have any interest in him.
Haney is one of the most respected coaches in the world, so it’s hard to argue with his assessment. You have to wonder if he has any other agenda, though, considering her used to coach Woods. At the same time, he is one of a very few people that is intimately familiar with Tiger and how he approaches the game of golf. I just find it really hard to believe that Tiger has achieved the things he has in the game of golf by simply skating by on talent alone. If we’ve learned anything over the last few years, you never really know what to expect when it comes to pro athletes. There is almost always more to the story than what the everyday person is able to see.
Something tells me that we haven’t heard the end of this one.