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Tiger Woods has sent out some shocking (and now famous) text messages in his life, but the troubled golf star is on the receiving end, now. We've learned that Woods' coach Hank Haney sent the golfer a recent text, ending their professional relationship after seven years of working together on the links.
In a statement to The Golf Channel, Haney said, "I believe at this time that it is in both of our best interests for me to step aside as Tiger's coach. I will always look back upon our past half dozen years together as my best days in professional golf."
Haney -- who reportedly began working with Woods in 2003 -- sent the resignation message to the troubled athlete, and then told People, "I texted him last night (that I was leaving), and he texted me back," Haney told radio station KTCK-AM in Dallas, adding, "We went back and forth for a while, but he had his kids last night and couldn't talk. We are going to talk later today."
Haney also sent a text message to Golf.com, assuring the sports-news outlet that he was not fired from the position: "This was my decision, and he (Woods) won't spin it any other way. There comes a time and a place for everything to move on. Now was the time for me to step aside. Simple as that. There is nothing to be sorry about."
There's no confirmation yet that Haney's departure has anything to do with the scandalous personal problems Woods, 34, has been dealing with -- or the golfer's disappointing performance at the Masters tournament. Even Haney acknowledged, "As we all know, Tiger has been through a lot in the past six months and I really believe that given the chance, mind free and injury free, we will all see Tiger Woods play once again like we all know he can."
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