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Hank Haney

The Hank Haney soap opera goes on – now he’s allegedly suing the PGA Tour

Tiger Woods' former swing coach Hank Haney is taking legal action against the PGA Tour, according to reports in the US
 

Hank Haney is apparently suing the PGA Tour following his dismissal from SiriusXM, the radio station on which he hosted his own show until his suspension earlier this year.

The American, who was Tiger Woods’ swing coach from 2004 to 2010, made comments perceived to be racist and sexist ahead of the Women’s US Open in May. If you somehow missed it at the time, here’s what Haney said:

“I’m going to predict a Korean [to win]. That’s going to be my prediction. I couldn’t name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour. Nah, maybe I could. Well, I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.”

Since then, his show has been permanently removed and Haney was fired from his role.

In the lawsuit obtained by ESPN’s Bob Harig, Haney states that he believes the PGA Tour have a “vendetta” against him and their actions with regards to his firing and the release of his recent book have led to loss of advertisement revenue which “would have amounted to millions.”

The 64-year-old’s lawsuit says he believes the PGA Tour “improperly intimidated, enticed and threatened SiriusXM Radio, Inc. to suspend and ultimately terminate Haney’s radio broadcast on SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio station.”

This is not the first instance in which Haney believes the PGA Tour has set out to damage his business. The lawsuit also says that the Tour have “long attempted to disrupt and interfere in Haney’s business”. This is thought to be in relation to his book, ‘The Big Miss’, which was released in 2012.

The text tells the tales of his time working with Woods and at release the lawsuit claims “the PGA Tour induced both PGA Tour Superstores and PGA Tour Shops to cancel previously placed orders” and also states that “the PGA Tour further induced smaller shops to back out of their pre-orders for the book”.

This one’s set to run and run…

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Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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