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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Tiger's ex-coach ripped for 'racist, sexist' comments


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Australian great Karrie Webb has been at the forefront in calling out Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney for comments about women's golf on the eve of the US Women's Open.

Haney was forced into a quick apology after copping a big backlash on social media for flippant remarks as host of SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

On air Haney was reminded the US Women's Open - the biggest and richest women's golf tournament - was on this week.

"Oh it is?," he said. "I'm gonna predict a Korean. That's gonna be my prediction. I couldn't name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour.

Hank Haney

"Nah, maybe I could," he added. "Well, I'd go with Lee. If I didn't have to name a first name, I'd get a bunch of them right. I don't know ... Lexi Thompson ... Michelle Wie's hurt. I don't know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?"

American star Wie was quick to rip Haney on twitter.

"As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that @HankHaney made disappoint and anger me on so many different levels.

"Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank .... shame on you. I don't ever do this, but this must be called out."

https://twitter.com/themichellewie/status/1133758301219500035?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/themichellewie/status/1133759496243879936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"Too many of these girls, Korean or not, have worked countless hours and sacrificed so much to play in the US Open this week. There are so many amazing players in the field. Let's celebrate them....Not mock them. @HankHaney "

Seven-time major champion and Hall of Famer Webb is among seven Australians in the field for the US Women's Open in Charleston, South Carolina, including Australian world No.2 Minjee Lee.

She backed Wie, issuing a twitter blast of her own.

"Well said @themichellewie Wiesy! Shame on you @HankHaney and Steve Johnson.

Michelle Wie

"@PGATOUR if you're truly serious about supporting the @lpga and growing the game these two morons won't have a voice anymore!"

Haney later backtracked, expressing regret for his "insensitive" remarks.

"In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korea players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry," he wrote on twitter.

"I have the highest respect for their women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport and I never meant to take away from their abilities or accomplishments."

Haney was roundly slammed on social media after his comments made the rounds.

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Australian great Karrie Webb has been at the forefront in calling out Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney for comments about women's golf on the eve of the US Women's Open.

Haney was forced into a quick apology after copping a big backlash on social media for flippant remarks as host of SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

On air Haney was reminded the US Women's Open - the biggest and richest women's golf tournament - was on this week.

"Oh it is?," he said. "I'm gonna predict a Korean. That's gonna be my prediction. I couldn't name you, like, six players on the LPGA Tour.

Hank Haney

"Nah, maybe I could," he added. "Well, I'd go with Lee. If I didn't have to name a first name, I'd get a bunch of them right. I don't know ... Lexi Thompson ... Michelle Wie's hurt. I don't know that many. Where are they playing, by the way?"

American star Wie was quick to rip Haney on twitter.

"As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that @HankHaney made disappoint and anger me on so many different levels.

"Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank .... shame on you. I don't ever do this, but this must be called out."

https://twitter.com/themichellewie/status/1133758301219500035?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/themichellewie/status/1133759496243879936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"Too many of these girls, Korean or not, have worked countless hours and sacrificed so much to play in the US Open this week. There are so many amazing players in the field. Let's celebrate them....Not mock them. @HankHaney "

Seven-time major champion and Hall of Famer Webb is among seven Australians in the field for the US Women's Open in Charleston, South Carolina, including Australian world No.2 Minjee Lee.

She backed Wie, issuing a twitter blast of her own.

"Well said @themichellewie Wiesy! Shame on you @HankHaney and Steve Johnson.

Michelle Wie

"@PGATOUR if you're truly serious about supporting the @lpga and growing the game these two morons won't have a voice anymore!"

Haney later backtracked, expressing regret for his "insensitive" remarks.

"In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korea players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry," he wrote on twitter.

"I have the highest respect for their women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport and I never meant to take away from their abilities or accomplishments."

Haney was roundly slammed on social media after his comments made the rounds.

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