Tiger's swing coach in tiff with analyst

Tiger's swing coach in tiff with analyst

Published May. 5, 2010 1:00 a.m. ET

It's probably the last thing a struggling Tiger Woods needed — a war of words erupting Wednesday between his swing coach and television commentator Johnny Miller.

Miller, a former major winner who now works as chief golf analyst for NBC, sparked the disagreement by saying Woods should ditch instructor Hank Haney.

"No disrespect to Hank but it's just not working," he said.

"This might be a little harsh, but I really believe (Woods) needs to, every night, watch the U.S. Open in the year 2000 in Pebble and just copy that swing and forget the Haney stuff.

"That was the best golf anybody has every played in history.

"He needs a new, fresh teacher and just go back to what got him there. If he was here right now, I'd tell him to his face."

Only hours after Miller’s remarks, Haney fired back with an email to The Golf Channel.

"The facts are what they are," he wrote. "I didn't start in 2001. I started in 2004.

"In the last two years, Tiger has won 44 percent of his tournaments and finished top three in 61 percent. In the two years before I started working with him, he won 24 percent and finished top three in 43 percent."

On Tuesday, Woods denied he had split with Haney but his short reply only served to increase speculation that a change is imminent.

Woods last week shot his worst round in a non-major, a 79 to miss the cut by eight strokes at the PGA Tour event in Charlotte.

It was his second tournament after a five-month layoff during which he dealt with the fall-out from the revelations of his marital infidelity.