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Woods has no plans to hire new coach

Tiger Woods says he has no plans to replace coach Hank Haney, who quit last month.
Tiger Woods says he has no plans to replace coach Hank Haney, who quit last month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tiger Woods says he has no plans to hire a new coach
  • Hank Haney quit as Woods' coach last month after six years in the job
  • Woods says he is slowly recovering from the neck injury that has dogged him of late

(CNN) -- Tiger Woods says he has no plans to employ a new coach as he prepares to defend his Memorial Tournament title on Thursday.

The world number one has been without a coach since Hank Haney resigned last month, saying he wanted to "move forward in other areas."

But Woods says he is happy to retain his own counsel as he continues his comeback after five months out of the game.

"I've been using video and working on my game that way," Woods told a press conference. "That's the great thing about technology. I have no plans for a new coach."

Woods also said he appreciated Haney's reasons for leaving: "I understand it. I mean, there's a lot going on, as we all have seen. I totally understand it."

The 34-year-old is in Ohio to defend his Memorial Tournament crown and he revealed the neck injury that forced him out of the Players' Championship at Sawgrass last month is improving.

I've been using video and working on my game that way.
--Tiger Woods
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He said: "My neck feels pretty good. Still not where I want it to be, but the inflammation has calmed down. I got range of motion again.

"It's a little bit sore after a good hard day of practice, but I can recover for the next day, which is good. And get back at it, you know, repeated days in a row, which is what I haven't been able to do consistently."

Woods has been at the white-hot center of controversy since revelations of extramarital affairs arose following a car accident in November 2009. In the ensuing months, several alleged lovers have come forth, and Woods spent 45 days at a rehabilitation center for what the golfer called "personal" issues.

He returned at the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, in April and finished tied for fourth, and he says he intends to be a permanent fixture on the tour from now on:

"The last six months have been pretty tough but I'm starting to get into my routine of playing, which is something I haven't done," he said.

"I think that life is moving forward. I was there at a point in time -- the last six months have been pretty tough, and I'm now starting to get into golf and starting to play golf again and get into my routine of playing, which is something I haven't done in a long time.

"So hopefully I can get back into that and play the rest of the summer and into the fall."