This past week, the U.S. Women’s Open provided all kinds of fireworks for many of the wrong reasons. As it turns out, none of those comments came from the talented athletes competing at the event.
Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, got it all started by providing a few so-called predictions.
“I’m gonna predict a Korean,” Haney said on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio Show. “That’s gonna 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.”
To nobody’s surprise, other than maybe his own, he was suspended from his radio show for those comments.
Woods backed the suspension, saying, “He deserved it. “Just can’t look at life like that. And he obviously said what he meant, and he got what he deserved.”
Maybe feeling slightly offended, Haney wasn’t going to back down.
“Amazing how @tigerwoods now has become the moral authority on issues pertaining to women,” Haney said via Twitter, obviously referring to Woods’ checkered past. “I spent 6 great years coaching Tiger, and not one time did he ever hear me utter one sexist or racist word. Now, in addition to being a 15 time major champion, I guess he thinks he’s also a mind reader? #glasshouses”
That would certainly clarify some off-the-course fireworks between two former friends. Of course, former has to be the key in this exchange since it doesn’t appear a reunion is likely any time soon.
While that exchange of words provided some fodder headed into the summer, one of the sport’s main events is set for this upcoming week, and no extra hype is necessary for this one.
Tiger has provided his own fireworks on the course with his Masters win, while Brooks Koepka almost turned the PGA into a runaway before holding on down the stretch.
That will lead to plenty of intrigue this week, especially if Tiger can put together some more of his own magic.
Coverage of the event will be held on FS1 throughout the day on Thursday and Friday before shifting over to FOX throughout the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.
Here is what else can be caught on TV this week.
Pro golf: RBC Canadian Open, 2 p.m. today, CBS: Even in the week before a major tournament, this week’s event features plenty of star power from players looking to heat up before the U.S. Open. Koepka and Rory McIlroy are among the players who started the tournament on Thursday.
Auto racing: FireKeepers Casino 400, 2 p.m. today, FS1: Headed into a rare off week on the NASCAR circuit, Kyle Busch is riding high among his fellow competitors. He raced to a win at Pocono last week as he stands atop the circuit’s ranking headed into today’s race at Michigan International Speedway.
Pro baseball: St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 6 p.m. today, ESPN: One of the oldest rivalries in the sport features a surging Cubs team against a Cardinals’ team weathering some recent storms.
Pro basketball: NBA Finals: Game 5: Golden State at Toronto, 8 p.m. Monday, ABC: The NBA Finals head back to Toronto with the Warriors looking to cap off their third straight championship.
Pro baseball: N.Y. Mets at N.Y. Yankees, 6 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN: The Yankees are finally getting close to having a healthy roster, although it hasn’t really mattered throughout the first two months of the season. Meanwhile the Mets are still treading water in the NL East.
Pro baseball: Milwaukee at Houston, 7 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN: The former NL Central rivals will square off in Houston this week. Since leaving the National League, Houston has gone from an afterthought in that division to one of the MLB superpowers, while the Brewers have become consistent contenders.
College baseball: College World Series, 1 p.m. Saturday, ESPN: There’s always something a little extra special about Omaha as the College World Series begins on Saturday afternoon. There promises to be plenty of excitement at this year’s event.