Haney quits as Tiger Woods' swing coach

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Texan calls time on his relationship with Woods after six years

Hank Haney has resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach after more than six years in the post.

Haney, 54, ended his working relationship with the world No.1 by text message shortly after Woods withdrew midway through his final round at the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

In a statement, the Texan, who started working with Woods in March 2004, said: "I have informed Tiger Woods that I will no longer be his coach.

I would like to thank Tiger for the opportunity that I have had to work with him over the past 6 plus years. Tiger Woods has done the work to achieve a level of greatness that I believe the game of golf has never seen before and I will always appreciate the opportunity that I have had to contribute to his successes.

"I have also enjoyed the association that I have had with Tiger both on and off the golf course as I have had some incredible experiences. In coaching and teaching Tiger I have also learned a lot, not only about golf, but about people and life in general.

"It has been a great learning experience and along the way Tiger has elevated me in my own profession to a level that I never thought I would achieve before I had the opportunity to work with him."

Haney's resignation follows months of speculation that he was about to be sacked by Woods. However, the Texas-based coach revealed that the decision to part ways was his and not the world No.1's.

"Just so there is no confusion I would like to make it clear that this is my decision," he said. "Tiger Woods and I will always be friends, but I believe that there is a time and place for everything and I feel at this time and at this place in my life I want to move forward in other areas."

Woods - who had denied that Haney's exit was imminent during the Players' Championship - acknowledged the departure of his coach in a short statement on his website.

"Hank Haney and I have agreed that he will no longer be my coach," wrote Woods. "Hank is an outstanding teacher and has been a great help to me, but equally importantly he is a friend. That will not change.

"I would like to thank him for all he has done for me the past six years."

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