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Hank Haney, Author Of Tiger Book, Hangs Up During Heated Interview With Boomer & Carton

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Who says golf is boring?

Hank Haney’s controversial book about Tiger Woods, his most famous pupil, has been a hot subject of debate. And when he joined WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Friday, well, let’s just say things got heated.

You have to listen for yourself:

Full Boomer & Carton interview with Hank Haney

In “The Big Miss,” Haney delves into his six years as Woods’ swing coach. But the book goes beyond the golf course, including passages about the superstar’s relationship with ex-wife Elin Nordegren and his fascination with the Navy SEALS.

Haney resigned in 2010. The decision came shortly after Woods, fresh off his much-publicized sex scandal, returned to the PGA Tour.

“I viewed it as my memories too,” Haney told Boomer & Carton. “These weren’t just his memories, he didn’t have an exclusive on those memories. I wanted to share my observations, my thoughts about his greatness, the complexities that make him up as a golfer, as a person. If I had all positive things in the book, it wouldn’t have been an honest book.”

The timing couldn’t be worse for Woods. Haney’s book was released Tuesday as the former No. 1 golfer in the world prepares for next week’s Masters tournament.

Carton seethed toward the end of the interview, “I think you’re a horrible human being.”

“You don’t know me!” Haney replied.

“I know enough. And here’s what I know about you,” said Carton. “Without him you don’t have a TV show. Without him, outside of die-hard golf fans, no one knows who you are.”

Haney exited around 21 minutes into the exchange. An audible “click” was heard while Carton went on:

“Here’s the reality of Hank Haney: Hank Haney’s gonna get to know you. Like a snake in the grass, if he can make money off you one day in the future, he’s gonna do it. And I can’t stand guys like you!

“It’s hard enough for a guy like Tiger Woods — I have to imagine — to let someone come into his world and to have complete, utter trust in that man, which you have to do to become better and use a coach. And then for that guy to turn around and tell the most, you know, family secrets that have nothing to do with golf, and put that crap off as a golf book, is obnoxious!”

Did Haney’s book go too far? Be heard in the comments below…


One Comment

  1. Smeg Mah says:

    LOVE IT Craig! The “man” should have been ready for what you were going to throw at him. Haney crossed a line no one should cross.

  2. Petit Julien says:

    Lost a viewer. Carton says majority of email – txt in his favor. Is that true, then publish numbers by independent source.

    1. Now a Former Listener says:

      Carton would be nowhere without Boomer. Hence Carton is a hypocrite. Would anyone listen to the “Craig Carton Show”. Nope. He wouldn’t be able to attract any guests, including Haney.

    2. Kenny says:

      I respectfully agree with Petit’s comment. Many of the comments I have read are filled with unfavorable adjectives.

      Publish the actual numbers, Good point

  3. Photo Engraved Zippo says:

    You have made some really good points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.

  4. NEW FAN!! LOVED IT says:

    Boomer and Craig,



  5. Bob says:

    I listen to the show; most of the time, it’s enjoyable. Carton was way out of line; Haney is a guest; but he wasn’t treated that way.Carton’s entitled to his opinion but should not excoriate the guest. He should listen to the Piers Morgan interview of Haney and educate himself with a little class.

  6. I laughed out loud when Carton called Haney’s book salacious. Seriously? The same Carton, who asks girls what their cup size is? Carton is a pig, and a hypocrite. This is clearly a desperate stunt to try and get national exposure since Woods is now a 3 to 1 favorite in the Masters. I don’t know what demographic the FAN is aiming for, but they’re aiming low with this creep.

  7. CartonSuxB4lls says:


  8. Randy says:

    Here is a suggestion for both hosts: READ THE FREAKING BOOK before you do an interview. Get someone to help with the big words, if you need it, but don’t just PRETEND you read the book when your questions and attitude reveal CLEARLY that you didn’t (probably can’t). And, Carton, it is easier to read if you take your head out of Tiger’s backside. What a pathetic loser you truly are. New Yorkers have to be the biggest idiots on the sports planet–you belong there.

    1. WES says:

      Jeez, I was going to comment, but it can’t be said better than Randy said it.

  9. Will says:

    Haney is a no-talent bum who would be NOWHERE without Tiger Woods. He’s a pathetic low life trying to make a buck at Tiger’s expense.

    1. Now a Former Listener says:

      .. yup and Carton would be nowhere without Boomer. Hence Carton is a hypocrite. Would anyone listen to the “Craig Carton Show”. Nope. He wouldn’t be able to attract any guests, including Haney.

  10. Kelly Parker says:

    Carton, and others, could show some class by not interviewing people like Haney, and explaining why on the air. Haney could show some class by not violating his clients’ trust. He will never be trusted to coach at the highest levels again. Time will tell, but has probably trashed his own career.

  11. William says:

    Carton who? He talks about his love for Tiger, but Tiger wouldn’t give this guy the time of day. Journalism degree from Syracuse? This is what you learned? You had the opportunity to interview a great coach, agree with him or not, but your listeners didn’t get to hear any of it, as you just wanted to hear yourself talk, so that you could try to make a name for yourself. The problem is the name you made is that Syracuse must give out its degrees as you sound like an uneducated street thug. And Boomer? Come on – stand up for yourself. You sound like a little boy that got to hang out with his big brother for the first time. As listeners we don’t deserve better than that? You guys should be embarrassed.

  12. Eric says:

    Carton’s fifteen minutes are about over. He is a low class moron. I Cannot wait till Boomer gets another cohost who acts like a man and not a 12 year old. He is not funny and has no talent. Boomer needs to cut this jerk loose.

  13. GolferGrg says:

    I find this to be a fair interview. An interview that includes Carton’s memories too and Haney doesn’t have exclusive rights over them. Therefore, this philosophy allows someone to conduct themselves any watery want and can reveal sacred information that is irrelevant to the sakes pitch and have complete immunity to insult and embarrass the subject in question. I think Haney just got a taste of his own medicine and that’s not even including causing personal digs at business associates or involving private family matters or diagnosing personality disorders. I think Carton went easy on him considering the extend of embarrassment Haney intended for Tiger.

    1. GolferGrg says:

      “conduct themselves any way they want” not ‘watery’
      And “sales pitch” not ‘sakes’
      Dang iPad makes some questionable auto corrections.

  14. Dan Collins says:

    Listener for years to B and C, but no more. Like many of the other commenters I don’t really care about golf or know who Haney is, but felt like Carton set him up. Talk about schoolyard bullying. Carton saying he would punch this guy in the face if he was Tiger was way out of line. Hopefully some of these get back to the bosses and they toss him.

  15. SportsMOM1st says:

    Are you guys kidding me? RIGHT ON CRAIGY. This is the kind of honesty I wish every interviewer would give the public!! If you guys want to listen to a soft wishy washy interview tune into Baba Walters. CRAIG CALLED HIM OUT FOR THE RAT HE IS!!!! Hank Haney used his relationship with Tiger and personal information about Tiger to put money in his pocket….disgraceful! Oh and PS I am not a Tiger fan.

  16. curt epperly says:

    Thank you Mr. Haney for my swing. Would have never conquered my slice without swinging from my core. You should stick with golf instruction…and golf channel!

  17. inmyrprime says:

    Carton doesn’t even know who Tiger’s current coach is and then Carton claims to be a TW fan? This was trash radio.

  18. boogie76 says:

    First, Haney deserved this. There is nothing legally stopping him from writing this book (blame TW agent for that), but there are too many things that are personal enough that they should have not been revealed. It was nice to see someone take a stance against those who feel that they have no obligation to those who employ them in a trusting and private matter. There are lines and some of those were clearly crossed by Haney.

    Second, perhaps the real person to blame for this interview is the person on Haney’s staff who thought it was a good idea to have him do an interview with a loud, outspoken TW fanatic. There was no chance this interview was going to be good from the second it was scheduled.

  19. Now Ex-Listener of WFAN says:

    Boomer, you lost some respect today from your listeners and supporters. Cannot believe you just sat there silent. You have an obligation as a media personality to treat your guests with respect whether you agree with them or not and you failed.

    Carton seemed to be talking about himself. He accuses Haney of being nothing without Tiger. Can’t the same be said of Carton with you. He is nothing without you and you know it. And you just sat there at let this hypocrite embarrass himself, a guest, you, the show, the station and the network.

    Some stand up guy you turned out to be.

  20. Now Ex-Listener of WFAN says:

    Boy, you sound intelligent. Nice language too. You seem to be a model for Carton’s audience. Not sure how the moderators of this site allowed that language, but if they are associated with the Carton show, I can see how it could happen.

  21. Mike Carlstadt says:

    I have been a fan of the show almost since it’s inception.But I must say I was uncomfortable viewing this interview. The interaction between Boomer and Craig is entertaining and informative.But this interview reminds me of Mike Francesa’s interview when,on a rare occassion, he lost his professionlism and taunted Revis.I can’t say I will not listen or watch the show but, as Craig likes to say,he was an EMBARRASSMENT and Boomer was a DISAPPOINTMENT. Both have dropped a notch or two in my opinion.

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