COMMENTARY | Hank Haney's relationship as Tiger Woods' swing coach ended on May 10, 2010 moments after Woods walked off TPC Sawgrass at The Players Championship. Ever since that time, however, Haney can't seem to get Tiger out of his head… or out of his tweets.
Haney took to Twitter on Sunday to offer a critique of who was once his star pupil, questioning Woods' preparation for Merion Golf Club prior to his first round. Could it be possible that the world's best golfer slacked off in his tournament prep?
"Lack of preparation, tropical storm in [Florida] last week, rain at Merion Monday-Thursday," Haney tweeted in response to a question he fielded on the social media outlet about where Tiger went wrong at the Open.
There is no doubt Woods struggled with his game throughout the week, but is it fair to suggest that the World No. 1 failed to properly prepare for the season's second major? Furthermore, what exactly did Tiger not do during his practice sessions that would prompt Haney to make such a claim?
Thankfully, Hank did not keep us waiting.
"I watched it for six years," Haney tweeted later. "I question Tiger's preparation. He doesn't practice his putting or short game enough on site at unfamiliar courses."
Woods certainly struggled with his putting throughout the week. As SBNation's Emily Kay points out, Woods required a staggering 128 putts over the course of four days, or roughly 32 putts per round. Woods himself pointed out to reporters that he was uncomfortable with the speed of Merion's greens.
"I struggled with the speed all week," Woods told reporters. "I struggled with the speed, especially right around the hole, putts were breaking a lot more, I gave it a little more break and then it would hang. That's kind of the way it was this week."
As far as Haney is concerned, Tiger appears unable to do anything right since breaking up with his former coach over three years ago. Haney has routinely taken to social media to voice his (educated) opinion on Woods, particularly when he is playing poorly at the year's biggest tournaments.
Of course, let's not forget about Haney's tell-all book about Woods - "The Big Miss" - which details Haney's experience as Tiger's coach… along with more personal details not necessarily related to golf. Then again, there are few people who had as close a look at Woods during the golfer's more "interesting" years.
Adam Fonseca has covered professional golf since 2005. His work has been seen on numerous digital outlets including the Back9Network and SB Nation. Follow Adam on Twitter at @chicagoduffer.
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