‘Stupidest move ever’: Hank Haney rips Tour’s handling of Players Championship

March 13, 2020

Hank Haney has never been shy of speaking his mind, and this week, during the Players Championship, was no exception.

The 2020 contest was set against the backdrop of increasing fears over the spread of the coronavirus. Starting on Wednesday evening and spanning into Thursday, the NBA, MLS, MLB and NCAA all announced wide-scale cancelations or suspensions of their respective leagues.

The PGA Tour proceeded without many initial changes, but a Chainsmokers concert the Tuesday before the contest and a regular tournament day on Thursday prompted criticism from many in the sports world. The Tour initially told players not to interact with fans, then announced it would prohibit fans from entering the grounds Friday-Sunday for their own safety before, finally, canceling the tournament altogether after one round.

Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former swing coach and current host of the Hank Haney Podcast, was one of the loudest voices in speaking out against the Tour.

On his show Wednesday evening, he said he would be “shocked” if the Players wasn’t canceled. “When one domino falls they’re all going to fall, and the sports world is going to shut down,” he said.

When the tournament proceeded, Haney’s co-host Timothy Parochka “blew a gasket” over the Tour’s “reckless” decision.

And when the decision was finally made to cancel the tournament, Haney put a bow on it, calling it one of the “stupidest” decisions ever to attempt to play.

The Tour will be off until at least through the Valero Texas Open, which is the week before the Masters. You can listen to the full podcast below:

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