Tiger Parts with Foley
So Tiger Parts with Foley! This has been coming for a while now, the main reasons being a loss of form due to his back injury. Tiger Wood’s has removed himself from being considered for a Ryder Cup Wildcard. The next time he will tee it up will be December where he will enter the World Challenge in Isleworth. Subsequently, he’s chosen this time as the most opportune moment to split with his coach Sean Foley. Although he won 5 times with Foley, none of these wins added to his tally of 14 Majors. Eight of which were won with his first coach Butch Harmon, with the other 6 coming during his time with Hank Haney. Tiger had this to say on the split;
“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said. “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’s coaching of Wood’s came under the spotlight and was the topic of some major criticism since the two joined forces 4 years ago. This coupled with a lumbar back operation that forced Wood’s to miss this years Masters tournament at Augusta and the U.S. Open was the final catylyst for the split.
Foley, who is also the current coach of an in form Justin Rose and recent winner Hunter Mahan had this to say;
“My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together,” Foley said. “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.”
Who Tiger will team up with next is still under speculation; some people are throwing up Claude Harmon III as a possible replacement, as a return to Butch would seem unlikely unless egos were pushed aside. Whoever he does team up with however, will need to address the late release issue in his down swing which in my opinion is the cause of all his problems.