Hank Haney Sets The Record Straight
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/12/14
Well-known and highly-respected golf instructor Hank Haney has a bone to pick with Matt Newman of — or with one of Newman's editors. Earlier today, an article Newman posted included this headline:
The Big Diss: Haney Says Players Were Never Intimidated By Tiger
The problem is that Haney did not say that. During interviews following a promotional event for TaylorMade's SpeedBlade irons, Newman quoted Haney thusly:
"I didn't buy into that when people talked about it as much as people talked about it. Tiger won because he shot the lowest score, not because he intimidated his opponents.

"Back in the day when you were playing with Tiger, you were playing in the last group. It's hard to play in the last group, no matter who you are playing with. Everyone says, 'Oh, he can't play with Tiger.' It's hard to play on the lead, and that's hard no matter what tournament it is and no matter who's playing."
Haney then cited the Honda Classic from two weekends ago as an example:
"You look how difficult it was for those guys to close that tournament. It had nothing to do with Tiger being there. Nobody was intimidated by anyone. It's hard to play on the lead."
Using the sentences we at ClubSG have re-posted in bold text (above), some editor at clearly reached a far-fetched conclusion that Haney never stated — and that Newman does not seem to have implied, either.

To this point, Haney has fired back with two tweets stating the facts for the record:

Haney is correct; some writers and editors quite deliberately twist quotes and comments to fit their predetermined agenda. One attorney and professor who has very helpfully explained how this is done is Bob Kohn, whose 2003 book Journalistic Fraud is a must-read.

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