Hank Haney Rips Tiger Woods: 'Amazing' He Has Become 'Moral Authority' on Women

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2019

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 24:  Hank Haney hosts his SiriusXM show from the PGA Merchandise Show on January 24, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Hank Haney did not appreciate being critiqued by Tiger Woods

Woods' former coach was suspended from his radio show on SiriusXM after making racist and sexist remarks about the U.S. Women's Open, per Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

"I'd get a bunch of them right," he said of his prediction that a "Lee" would win if he didn't have to give a first name.

Woods responded to those offensive comments, saying Haney deserved his suspension.

"Just can't look at life like that," he said. "And he obviously said what he meant, and he got what he deserved."

On Tuesday, Haney shot back:

Hank Haney @HankHaney


Woods wasn't the only one to take issue with Haney's remarks. His comments were widely decried, including by star golfer Michelle Wie:

Michelle Wie @themichellewie

Shame on you @HankHaney .... https://t.co/4IyrFiLcQ2

Michelle Wie @themichellewie

As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that @HankHaney made disappoint and anger me on so many different levels. Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank....shame on you. I don’t ever do this, but this must be called out. https://t.co/P18JByTosN

Michelle Wie @themichellewie

Too many of these girls, Korean or not, have worked countless hours and sacrificed so much to play in the US Open this week. There are so many amazing players in the field. Let’s celebrate them....Not mock them. @HankHaney https://t.co/YB25Bl9zoC

The PGA Tour and SiriusXM released a joint statement following Haney's suspension, per Christine Brennan of Golfweek.com:

"Mr. Haney's comments on women's professional golf were insensitive and do not represent the views of the PGA Tour or SiriusXM. The PGA Tour is committed to and proud of the increasingly diverse makeup of our fan base, not to mention the power and accomplishments of the game's world-class, global players—both on the PGA Tour and LPGA, whom we are working with more closely than ever before.

"SiriusXM proudly covers and supports both women's and men's golf and the athletes that make them great. At the PGA Tour's instruction Mr. Haney has been suspended from the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel.  SiriusXM is reviewing his status on SiriusXM going forward."

Haney apologized for his remarks later on his radio show and also on Twitter, though he couldn't stop himself from later suggesting that he had correctly predicted the Women's U.S. Open winner following Jeongeun Lee6's win.

Hank Haney @HankHaney

My prediction that a Korean woman would be atop the leaderboard at the Women’s US Open was based on statistics and facts. Korean women are absolutely dominating the LPGA Tour. If you asked me again my answer would be the same but worded more carefully.

Hank Haney @HankHaney

Congratulations to Jeongeun Lee6 on your great win at the US Women’s Open. I knew you’d win. Who’s The Great Predictor now Steve Johnson @steveyrayj

Woods and Haney worked together for six years before parting ways in 2010. Haney then released a book about his time working with Woods, The Big Miss. He remains a golf coach, though his status as a radio host is up in the air.