Tiger's ex-coach seen in LV valley


Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' longtime swing coach, was spotted in Las Vegas over the weekend. He resigned the position on Monday, after working with Woods since 2004.

Haney was spotted Friday at Southern Highlands Golf Club filming a reality show with actor Ray Romano, as he previously did with Charles Barkley.

On Sunday, Haney was spotted at Mastro's Ocean Club (Crystals at CityCenter) with a lady friend. He was divorced last year.

Asked by a Dallas radio show on Tuesday whether Woods' off-the-course problems put him (Haney) in a bad situation, he responded, "Yeah, it has. What was I going to say?"

He added, "It's better for me to get out of it." Woods loves to tinker with his swing, Haney said. "He likes to try different things."

Also spotted at Southern Highlands on Friday: LPGA player Erica Blasberg, who was found dead on Sunday at her home in Anthem. Southern Highlands management allowed her to make it her home course. Results of an autopsy will not be released for several weeks. She was 25.

SCHERZINGER'S START

Nicole Scherzinger got her chance to own the stage very early in her career and she aced the test.

She was an understudy for a musical production at Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, Ky., where Boston Celtics star Rajan Rondo attended.

She got her shot one night and belted out "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." She was hooked on singing.

Her success as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls elevated her in the music world, but the exposure she's receiving as the front-runner in the current season of "Dancing With the Stars" took her to another level.

"Great things are opening up," Scherzinger said in an interview Saturday at Munchbar before she hosted the evening at Pure nightclub in Caesars Palace.

Long gone are the days when she had posters of Paula Abdul and New Kids On the Block hanging on her bedroom wall and bad memories of her first job: wearing a lion suit at an amusement park in Mobile, Ala.

When she isn't rehearsing long hours for "Dancing," she's in the studio recording her solo album.

"I grew up on stage. I always knew that I wanted to be a singer," said Scherzinger, who grew up in Hawaii, the daughter of a Filipino father and Hawaiian-Russian mother. Her full name reflects her exotic bloodlines: Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente. She later added her stepfather's last name.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton isn't returning as a Miss USA judge this week, but that doesn't mean Donald Trump wanted a milquetoast collection of judges. Joining this year's group will be flamboyant U.S. ice skating champion Johnny Weir and former Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, whom Trump gave a second chance after a siege of scandalous headlines marred her reign. Joining Weir and Conner: Carmelo Anthony of the NBA Denver Nuggets; butter queen Paula Deen, best-selling author, chef and Food Network host ; Oscar Nunez, star of NBC's hit comedy series, "The Office"; Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin; Suze Yalof-Schwartz, executive fashion editor-at-large of Glamour magazine; and Trump's wife, Melania Trump. Hilton triggered a firestorm with his question to Miss California Carrie Prejean: What did she think about legalizing gay marriage?

SIGHTINGS

Smokey Robinson and producer Adam Steck, dining at Rao's (Caesars Palace) on Monday. Robinson was in town for Human Nature's first anniversary show and the signing of the Aussie group's two-year extension at Imperial Palace. Robinson sang "Tears of a Clown" and "Who's Loving You" with Human Nature during the show.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Bobby Brown got engaged over the weekend. They say it's the first time he's been on one knee without the help of a police Taser." -- Jimmy Kimmel

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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