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Hank Haney says Tiger Woods will play Hero World Challenge. Is he right?

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Speculation regarding Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf is an escalating daily exercise at this point. And on a day when Woods was spotted at game two of the World Series and Ian Baker-Finch attested to seeing Woods playing a practice round at the Medalist (and “looking good”), his former swing coach, Hank Haney, kicked the theorizing into another gear.

Haney, on his SiriusXM radio show, had this to say.

“They’re going to toy with everybody because it’s just what they do, but he’s playing at the Hero World Challenge. He’s not going to wait until February to play again. He’s chomping at the bit. If he can be out there playing and can play 18 holes, he can play 18 holes three, four, five days in a row I can tell you he’s going to be out there wanting to tee it up.”

“He’s in great shape, he’s in great golf shape, whatever that means. It’s just a question of whether or not he has any setbacks with his back, and obviously so far that hasn’t occurred because if it had occurred he would shut it down immediately and he’s still going.”

So, there you have it. From a former Team Tiger insider: Woods will play the Hero World Challenge in December.

What do we think about this? Haney, adept self promoter that he is, putting forth a baseless claim that he knows will generate articles like this one? Could he be right?

And for hardcore Woods-will-play-the-Hero conspiracy theorists, check out the hat he wore to the World Series last night.

(Photo c/o the Daily Mail)

(Photo c/o the Daily Mail)

Yep, that’s the Albany logo. You know, the luxury Bahamas development/course where the tournament is contested.

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  1. max

    Oct 28, 2017 at 2:56 am

    As long as he doesn’t have a DUI hangover because that will really mess up your swing tempo and rhythm as well as your putting touch.
    Nevertheless, all will have a good time at that exhibition ‘tournament’ and the Tiger fans will most certainly show up to support their hero even if he’s stoned on Ambien, etc..

  2. cB

    Oct 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    cLICKbAIT! yEAH!

  3. Andrew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    And Tiger was “looking good”, just like last year. Yawn. Here we go again. That rod-in-his-caboose finish pose looks painful. The Farmers will be the tell for the year, again.

  4. cgasucks

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Haney is talking like he’s his coach again…what makes him think he’s going to the Hero World Challenge for sure?

  5. ibogeyalot

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

    ya Hank knows because they are so close of friends haha

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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