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Lee Westwood Hires Tiger Woods’ Coach, Sean Foley

July 16, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Lee Westwood at the 5th green during a practice round for the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since Butch Harmon was the high-profile swing coach for Tiger Woods, one of the hottest names in golf does not have a club in his hands on Sundays.

According to GolfWeek, top PGA Tour player Lee Westwood has brought in Sean Foley as his swing coach in an effort to bring a “new set of eyes” to the equation. Westwood is currently the 12th-ranked player in the world, but he is probably best known to golf fans in America as the chief foil of the U.S. in the Ryder Cup in recent years.

News of a top-ranked player switching coaches would be big enough to report on, but because the new coach is Foley, the story rises a level or two. Foley is the current coach for Tiger Woods (which makes it even bigger news in itself) and Justin Rose already, and I can’t recall a time where one coach had this significant of a stable.

All reports surrounding Tiger’s game since Foley’s arrival have been positive, and it seems that the semi-struggling Westwood got curious about that type of work from Foley, especially in light of Justin Rose’s major victory last month.

Westwood is currently on the very short list of “best players who haven’t won a Major”, but maybe, with Foley’s help, he can scratch his name off in the near future.

Topics: 2013 British Open, Lee Westwood, Sean Foley, Tiger Woods

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