May
11
2010
Haney to Tiger: "It’s Over. Thx. L8r."
By Stephanie Wei under General

After weeks of speculation by the media (including yours truly) of a Haney/Tiger split, Hank Haney announced he had “resigned” on Monday night.

According to Golf.com, in a radio interview with KTCK in Dallas, Haney revealed he and Tiger broke off their relationship via Tiger’s favorite form of communication — text message.

“I texted him last night [that I was leaving], and he texted me back,” Haney told the station. “We went back and forth for a while, but he had his kids last night and couldn’t talk. We are going to talk later today.”

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but doesn’t the wording sound a little strange? “He had his kids.” I mean, was it a weird occurrence Tiger had his kids? Or was Haney hinting at a custody situation?


Curiously enough, TMZ is reporting that unnamed sources familiar with the situation tell them Tiger and Elin are working quickly on the division of their assets.

Sources say one of the options is to actually file for divorce in Sweden — Elin wants to move there with the kids and Tiger would have to submit to the jurisdiction of the court.  Wherever the divorce is filed, the plan is to keep the custody and property settlement agreements out of the court file.  We’re told the quicker and quieter the divorce, the better.

The big issue, we’re told — Tiger wants either custody or visitation, and assurance that he can go into court and enforce the agreement if Elin violates it.  We’re told Tiger wants the option to go to either a Swedish or American court to enforce the custody agreement.

In related news, the grass is green, the sky is blue — give me news that’s not so obvious. I mean, does anyone really think Tiger and Elin are staying together?

Back to the Tiger-Haney break-up. In a post on Tiger’s website, he said:

Hank Haney and I have agreed that he will no longer be my coach. Hank is an outstanding teacher and has been a great help to me, but equally importantly he is a friend. That will not change.

I would like to thank him for all he has done for me the past six years.

So it was a mutual decision, after all? Shocking. In my post last week, I wrote that a source told me, “It’s common knowledge Hank is out even though [Tiger] hasn’t announced it publicly yet.”

Now the question is, who will Tiger to turn to next for help with his swing? According to Geoff Shackelford, as a publicity stunt, Jim McLean said he had been contacted by “several people very close to Tiger,” but he’s “not interested.” Classy.

Will he go back to Butch Harmon? Doubtful considering Harmon has sounded off on Tiger quite a few times since the scandal broke. Johnny Miller doesn’t think so either. Speaking to ESPN Radio Chicago, Miller said:

Well the reason why the ship sailed there is I think ‘cause Phil pays him about five times more than Tiger did, so Butch said he won’t take Tiger back in the camp.  Then again, if Tiger were to go to Butch and want to get back in the camp, that’s a pretty tempting thing for Butch.  Butch said that he’ll send Tiger all the videos, but he’ll take the sound off it.  I wouldn’t call it bad blood, but Butch just loves working with Phil.

So, has Tiger called Sean Foley yet?