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Hank Haney suing the PGA TOUR over beef with Tiger Woods

According to an article on www.tmz.com, former swing coach Hank Haney claims a past beef he had with Tiger Woods is why he got fired from his sports radio program... He alleges that perhaps the PGA Tour had him disqualified to settle the score — and so now he's suing.

Haney lost his position as host of "Hank Haney Golf Radio" on Sirius XM just a few months ago... And the explanation given for his dismissal seemed to be about his remarks on the LPGA.

Note, the 64-year-old on-air made flippant remarks about female Korean golfers... And he was ripped up for it, with Michelle Wie calling them "racial and sexist." However, in a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, Haney argues that his dismissal had nothing to do with those remarks... Trying to imply that the PGA Tour used the controversy as an excuse to get back at him for his previous criticism of Tiger Woods.

Haney — who coached Woods famously from 2004 to 2010 — blasted the golf legend over the years... So, he argues that the PGA Tour had a "sort of vendetta" against him for it.

Haney said that representatives at Sirius XM did NOT punish him for his remarks until the PGA Tour actively participated, to which they instructed and pressured Sirius XM executives to do something about it.

Haney claims the dismissal made him lose a big deal with Callaway and that the successful golf business would have continued working with him had he been able to hold his radio job.