Tiger Woods and Hank Haney: After the Gold Rush

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMay 11, 2010

Tough to argue with success: 31 wins, six majors.

It's the Tiger resume WH—with Hank.

Now, what happens AH—after Hank?

Back when Mark O'Meara suggested that his buddy Tiger Woods might want to consider working with Haney, Haney was the perfect guy. He's a quiet, non-controversial, low-key teacher of golf.

Which leads us to his departure from the Tiger Woods "camp."

Perhaps, just perhaps the soft-spoken Haney had grown tired of the drama and circus that has become known as the Life of Tiger Woods. It's an ongoing soap opera with twists and turns at virtually every tour stop.

Perhaps, just perhaps, Haney didn't want any part of the growing "Tiger Needs A New Swing Coach" hubbub.

Hank was a successful golf instructor before he signed on with Woods and he'll continue to be successful now that he's Tigerless.

Perhaps it was a mutual thing. Woods has an aversion to those around him gaining from a financial standpoint, outside what he compensates them. Fluff Cowan didn't last long after he started making television commercials and Haney was getting a lot of attention from his Golf Channel shows with Charles Barkley and his latest project, Ray Romano.

Butch Harmon became the poster boy for Winn grips after he spent time with Woods.

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Whatever the cause, whatever the reason, this very successful partnership is now over.

And yet another question in the soap opera: As The Tiger Turns, will arise.

Who's the next swing guru on Tiger's list?

Rick Smith, who used to work with Phil Mickelson or Jimmy McLean, another low-key, well respected teacher of the game?

Tiger Woods is in a total funk.

His game is in a funk, as is his life.

Thirty one wins and six majors later, Hank's gone.

What happens after the Gold Rush?

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