Tiger Woods’ former coach; Hank Haney has said that the 14-time Major winner was ready to give up golf and join the US Navy Seals.
Mr. Woods; who won six of his Major titles under Haney’s tutelage, was all set to give up his long time pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 Major titles to follow in his father’s footsteps. Tiger’s dad, Earl was the guiding force in his career and Woods Senior in fact named his son after a Vietnam vet he served with.
“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy Seal,” writes Mr Haney in the book ‘Big Miss’ due to be published next month. “I didn’t know how he’d go about it but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan.”
Woods eventually decided against enlisting, but Haney revealed the 36 year-old has an “obsession” with the special forces and that this obsession was often self destructive, especially when he underwent four days of special-ops training when recovering from knee surgery.
“Tiger loved it, but his therapist . . . went crazy worrying about the further damage Tiger might be doing to his knee.”
Woods and Haney split up in 2010 in the wake of the sex scandal which rocked the golfer’s world and sent him spiralling from World Number One (a position he held for a record 264 weeks) to outside the Top 50, eventually hitting a (professional) career low of #58 in the world. He is currently ranked 21. He has so far declined to comment on Haney’s revelations.