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December 16, 2009

Hank Haney not commenting on Tiger Woods scandal

Posted at 2:47 PM by Art Stricklin | Categories: Hank Haney, Tiger Woods

Hank Haney hasn't lost his sense of humor despite the well publicized off-course troubles of his student Tiger Woods.

"Don't think firing me is a story any more is it?," he said in a text message when asked for a comment.

Haney was in China looking at courses when Woods had his car accident prior to Thanksgiving, but he quickly received word that Woods was OK. Since then, he has declined to say if he knew anything about Tiger's "infidelity."

"Nice try, but no comment," he said.

Despite the indefinite leave from golf that Woods recently announced, Haney will have no trouble staying busy. He is heavily involved with the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., as well as golf ranges he owns in his hometown of Dallas.

Haney is also working on the second edition of "The Haney Project," his Golf Channel show that featured Charles Barkley in its first season. This year the show may feature a Hollywood celebrity.

Haney has long maintained that he has little input or knowledge of Woods's playing schedule.

"I'm usually the last guy to know. I'll get a call and he'll say, ‘Hank, let's go,' and I'll be down at Isleworth to work."

Despite his status as one of the longer tenured members of the Woods inner circle, he made it clear he would not be joining caddie Steve Williams in talking about his boss's off-course troubles.

"Tell my media friends, no thanks," he said.

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