Tiger Woods has just announced via his website blog, that he will be no longer be with working with swing coach, Sean Foley.
In his statement, Tiger says,
“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship, Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”
Foley had been working with Tiger since August of 2010. It initially had been rumored that Foley had been working with Tiger since May of 2010, but the two didn’t make a public appearance until the 2010 PGA Championship.
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There was a lot of speculation in whether or not Foley could fill the shoes of Tiger’s former coach, Hank Haney. Haney who had worked with Tiger from 2003 to mid 2010. Under his guidance, Tiger won a total of 31 events including 6 major wins. Since Foley took over during the middle of 2010, Tiger has only won a total of 8 events, none of which were major wins.
Tiger has not announced a new coach at this time, seeing as he is not expected to return to the sport until 2015.
Foley continues to coach four other golfers on the Tour including Lee Westwood, Noh Seung-yul and most notably Justin Rose. Since teaming up with Foley in 2009, Rose has 6 PGA Tour wins including his first major win at the U.S. Open in 2013.
It will be very interesting to see what Tiger’s next move will be. There’s no way Tiger would ever go back to working with Haney since Haney released the highly controversial “Tiger Tell-All” book in 2012.
It would be interesting to see if Tiger would be open to the idea of returning to his original swing coach, Butch Harmon. Since leaving Harmon for Haney in 2004, Harmon has built himself quite a resume of golfers including Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Ernie Els. Tiger has always spoken positively about Butch Harmon since his departure, so it would be fun to see him return to his roots.
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