Think you can hang with Tiger Woods' workout and practice schedule, even on two good knees? Hank Haney, Woods' swing coach, let us in on what Tiger's life is like away from the cameras:
On preparing for a major tournament:
"He gets up at about 6, 6:30 in the morning and he'll do some cardiovascular work. When his knee was better he was running about five miles. He'll do that for about 45 minutes and then he's in the weight room for about an hour and a half. Then he has breakfast and by 9 o'clock we're on the practice tee. We'll hit balls from 9 to 11. From 11 to 11:30 we'll putt, and from 11:30 to 12:30 we'll play nine holes. (Around) 12:30 we'll come in, have lunch, and by 1 o'clock we're back on the practice tee. He'll hit balls from 1 to 3. From 3 to 4 he'll work on his short game, from 4 to 5 we'll play nine more holes. From 5 to 5:30 we go back and work on the range a little bit to polish up a couple things that didn't go right He putts a little, we go back to the house and by then I'm a little tired. I go take a shower, come downstairs and I hear him -- he's in the weight room."
On the lavish event that was Woods' wedding:
"The coolest thing that ever happened was when my wife and I got to go to Tiger and Elin's wedding. We're right on the water (at the hotel). At night we looked out and saw these lights out there. My wife said, 'What are all those lights?' And I said, ' I think that's Tiger's boat, except it looks more like a ship.'"
(Skipping ahead to the most interesting speech af the reception ...)
"All of the sudden Earl Woods (Tiger's dad) got up, and eveything changed. Everybody had his eyes on him. I looked over at Michael Jordan, at Charles Barkley and Tiger and Elin, and everyone was jut staring right at Earl Woods. He gave this passionate talk about sharing and caring. and I'll never forget it. It was absolutely unbelievable. He told Tiger, 'i'm counting on you to teach Elin about sharing and caring,' and that there's more important things in life than having a big boat or having a million dollars, that when you have an opportunity, you have to share and care for other people. He went on and on. and before you know it he was crying. It was probably the coolest thing I've ever seen.
"I came back to Dallas and I saw one of my friends. He said, 'How was the wedding?' I said, 'Oh, it was unbelievable.' My friend asked, 'What was the best thing?' I said, 'Man, Earl Woods' talk on sharing and caring. He said, 'Did he cry at the end?' I said, 'Yeah how'd you know?' He said, 'Oh, that's his sharing and caring talk, he always cries at the end of that one.'"
Haney. a Deerfield native, is a big hockey fan, and it's unlikely he's ever searching long for tickets given he knows people in high places.
"I'll come once in a while to watch the Blackhawks, as (general manager) Dale Tallon is one of my best friends. I come to support him and the Hawks since he's got them turned around a little bit. He's a great guy and he's done a great job. I'm really proud of him. I want to see the Hawks do good -- they're gonna be good next year."