Haney: Woods' chances at Masters depends on putter

Published Mar. 28, 2012 6:28 p.m. ET

Tiger Woods' former swing coach thinks the 14-time major winner's chances at the Masters next week depend on his putter.

Hank Haney spoke like a coach Wednesday while signing copies of his book, ''The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods,'' at a midtown Manhattan golf store a day after its release.

Haney worked with Woods from 2004 to 2010, when the then-No. 1 player in the world won six majors, and he says he still analyzes Woods' swing even if they haven't spoken in 2 1/2 years.

He says he found it surprising that Woods had changed his putting style, but thinks a switch back to his old technique is paying off now.

Haney says Woods needs to avoid three-putts to have a chance to win at Augusta.