Interview with Haney in the Post

About a week ago I spent an hour speaking with Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ coach who is in Toronto today for the golf show. The subject matter was, unsurprisingly, his notable client, and though he will be in Toronto to talk about his ESPN Golf School at Deerhurst Highlands Resort, Haney had no problem dedicating most of the conversation to discussion about Tiger. There’s lots that didn’t make the story and I’ll post those quote later. In the meantime, my feature appeared in the National Post this morning and is freely accessible by all.

Here is a taste:

Hank Haney knows all too well what it is like to live in a bubble. He is away from his home more than 250 days a year, 110 of which are spent as the swing doctor to the world’s most famous athlete –Tiger Woods.

Though he has been in golf ‘s limelight for years, largely due to a relationship that took Woods’ friend Mark O’Meara to the Masters and British Open in 1998, Haney admits nothing fully prepares a person for the onslaught of attention surrounding Woods.

“This is a whole different plane,” Haney says over the phone from Texas before breaking into laughter. “I don’t know if you ever get used to what goes on around Tiger Woods. If you say one thing, it doesn’t just show up in your paper — it shows up in every paper in the world. And I guess there are certain things you just shouldn’t say — what is the benefit of it?”

The entire story can be read here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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