Tiger Woods announced on his website Monday that he would be parting ways with swing coach Sean Foley who he had been with since 2010. Tiger also recently announced that he would not be playing professional golf until at least December due to injury.
Here’s what Woods said about Foley: “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.”
Woods hired Foley in 2010 after parting ways with Hank Haney who coached him for 2004-2010 when Tiger won 33.3 percent of his starts as well as six major tournaments.
“When you look at Tiger’s performance, I think it was obvious that he had to go in a different direction,” Haney told Morning Drive on Tuesday. I was surprised when he came back from the back surgery with the same swing that he left on. That was the biggest shock to me.”
Haney also told the Golf Channel that he thinks Tiger would be better off without a coach.
“He certainly knows enough,” Haney said. “I think he’d probably be better off just going and doing it himself. He’s the one that he’ll listen to the most. He’s the one that he’s always listened to the most.”
Haney isn’t the first of Tiger’s former coaches to say this. Former coach Butch Harmon, who Tiger was with from 1996-2003 where he won eight major tournaments and 34 tournaments total.
“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon said on the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.'”
Tiger said on his website, “Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one.”