Tiger Woods swing 'out of control', says Butch Harmon

Tiger Woods's former coach says swing is to blame for injuries, caddies hit back in case against the PGA Tour.

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Fri, 6 Feb 2015
Tiger Woods swing 'out of control', says Butch Harmon

Harmon: Woods's "out of control" swing causes injuries

Butch Harmon thinks Tiger Woods’s injury troubles have come about because of an “out of control” swing.

Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open because of a back injury, the third time he has done so in nine starts, and his former coach thinks his injuries could be down to the force he puts into his swing.

Harmon told Sky Sports: “He’s in warp speed, it’s unbelievable how hard he goes. On the (driving) range he doesn’t go at it so hard, he goes at it controlled with some speed.

Harmon coached the former world number one from 1997 to 2004 in which time Woods won eight majors and 31 PGA Tour titles.

Caddies hit back at PGA Tour bib row

The lawyer for the group of caddies suing the PGA Tour has hit back at PGA Commisioner Tim Finchem’s comments that shifted blame onto players.

A group of about 80 caddies filed a lawsuit against the Tour for being forced to wear bibs emblazoned with advertising without compensation.

Finchem said financial arrangements are historically made between player and caddie, but lawyer Gene Egdorf stressed the lawsuit is not against the players and explained they do they want the players' money.

Egdorf wrote in a letter: “The Tour is intent on continuing to use caddies as human billboards without compensation and to control the caddie endorsement deals.”

The caddies also contend the Tour deny bagmen access to health care and pension plans, and Egdorf explained the money for this would not come from players’ retirement funds or tournament purses.

Woods owes ex-wife $54m

Tiger Woods owes ex-wife Elin Nordegren $54m (£35m) as part of their 2010 divorce settlement, according to the Palm Beach Post.

It is reported if Woods does not pay up then he risks losing his Jupiter Island home, for which Nordegren holds the mortgage.

The 14-time major champion, who has an estimated net worth of $600m (£393m), split with the Swede after a string of affairs were made public in 2009. He is now dating American skier Lindsey Vonn. 

Monty targets Langer on Seniors Tour

Colin Montgomerie has one player in his sights as he embarks on his second full season on the Seniors Tour – Bernhard Langer.

The Scot finished second to Langer last season despite winning two major championships at the Senior PGA Championship and US Senior Open.

''The goal is to redirect Langer to other sites, so we all have a chance of beating him,'' Montgomerie joked to Fox Sports.

German Langer also won two majors in 2014, including a thumping 13-stroke victory at the Senior Open, and finished outside the top 10 just three times in 21 starts, earning him his fourth Player of the Year award.