Woods has gone five years without winning a major, but has returned to form and is putting as good or better than he has as a professional, said Haney. In 2009, Haney broke off his relationship with Woods following the revelations that Woods had, had a number of extramarital affairs.
Woods was the winner of six majors during the six years he and Haney were together, but since his 2008 victory at the U.S. Open, has not won another.
Woods, since his 2008 victory was sidelined for knee surgery, then had his career sidetracked following his problems with his wife and then he made a swing change under his current coach Sean Foley.
Haney commented that Woods’ top form has returned and his intimidation factor is re-emerging once again. Haney said Woods did not look different as a golfer but his short game is back and his putting has become phenomenal.
Haney called Woods the clear favorite to win at the Open next week.
Thus far, this season Woods has four wins in his eight starts. He is once again ranked No. 1 in the world and is leading the Tour in scoring average while being near the top in all of the putting categories.
The tight course at Merion Golf Club should work well for Woods since he prefers not to hit a driver.