For Tiger Woods, The Hits Just Keep On Coming

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05:  Tiger Woods waits with swing coach Hank Haney on the practice range during a practice round prior to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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And the hits just keep on coming.

Let’s quickly recap what Tiger Woods has gone through over the past six months.

1) A car accident.

2) An embarrassing scandal.

3) A trip to rehab while his image suffered the largest fall from grace ever seen from any celebrity, let alone a squeaky clean corporate darling.

4) A robotic, scripted speech at the PGA Tour headquarters that must have been every bit as embarrassing for Woods as it looked to the rest of us watching on television.

5) A return to golf that more or less consisted of two good rounds of golf (the first two rounds of the Masters) followed by two poor rounds, two terrible rounds and a withdraw from the Players Championship.

6) A golf swing that has evolved into a robotic shell of what it used to be.

7) A mysterious neck injury.

8) An impending divorce.

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9) And now his swing coach, Hank Haney, has decided to jump from a sinking ship.

Forget Being John Daily .  Daly is small potatoes compared to the meltdown we are currently witnessing with Woods. If The Golf Channel really wanted to boost their ratings they’d create a reality chronically the ongoing soap opera that has become Woods’ life.  

We never thought we’d see the day when Woods would surpass feats such as his 12-stroke win at the 1997 Masters, his 15-stroke win at the 2000 U.S. Open or his victory at the 2008 U.S. Open while playing on a broken leg and a mangled knee. 

But, if Woods were to somehow regain control of his life and his golf game, both of which have been spiraling out of control for six months, and win a major championship in 2010, it might just be the greatest accomplishment of his career.

That speaks to just how dire of a situation the world’s number one golfer now finds himself in.

This thing is like a hurricane, only it hasn’t hit, done its damage and moved on; it’s a category five that hit last November and has hovered over Woods ever since. 

Perhaps a split with Haney will wind up being beneficial to Woods in the long run.  Lord knows, Woods has been struggling with his golf swing for years now, particularly off the tee.

But if this decision was truly Haney's, and Haney's alone, it's not a good sign.  Just ask yourself the question: why would a swing coach leave a student who is arguably the greatest golfer who's ever lived?

Will Woods be able to fight his way through this whole ordeal?  

Will Woods surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors and Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins?

For the first time in a very long time, the answers to those questions are unknown.

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