“He was a rock”- Tiger Woods never let his game down despite loss of his dad, remembers coach Hank Haney


“He was a rock”- Tiger Woods never let his game down despite loss of his dad, remembers coach Hank Haney

Tiger Woods and Hank Haney

If you are a Tiger Woods fan or have followed his career closely – one name that would have surely popped up during his legendary career is Hank Haney. Hankey was a golf instructor who rose to the limelight as he coached Woods during his peak years.

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A pupil-coach relationship was officially formed between Woods and Haney at the ’04 Bay Hill event. A seven-year partnership between Woods and his former coach Harmon came to an end in 2002. But with Haney – Woods reached greater heights. The Big Cat went on to win 31 PGA Tour championships, including six major titles during his time with Haney.

Talking about his time with Woods – Haney recalled the American performance at the 2006 Royal Liverpool. Woods had a decent outing in 2006 and won a lot of things despite not taking too many risks.

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“I just wish he could have seen it one more time” – Tiger Woods after his dad’s death

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

“That week was far and away the best ball-striking tournament he ever had,” swing coach Hank Haney told The Scotsman back in 2006. But suddenly Woods suffered a major personal loss when his dad passed away in 2006. Woods was deeply affected by it, but he refused to let it detract from his performance or success.

“He was always on my case about thinking my way around the golf course and not letting emotions get the better of you because it’s so very easy to do in this sport,” Woods said. “He would have been very proud”.

After the win – the Tiger Woods press conference was a bit emotional. One could see that it was a very tough phase for him and it was sheer determination and will that helped him to win the Championship.

“I guess I’m kind of the one who bottles things up a little bit and moves on, tries to deal with things in my own way,” an emotional Woods told reporters.

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“But at that moment it just came pouring out and of all the things that my father has meant to me and the game of golf,” he added. “I just wish he could have seen it one more time”.

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