Posted February 14, 2014

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Lee Westwood Splits With Tiger’s Golf Coach Sean Foley

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Lee Westwood and Sean Foley at the 2013 British Open (Getty Images).

Lee Westwood and Sean Foley at the 2013 British Open (Getty Images).

Golf instructor Sean Foley lost a big name from his stable of Tour players this week.

No, not that big name.

Foley, who coaches Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan, will no longer be working with Lee Westwood, according to several news sources. Foley and Westwood had been working together for about seven months.

“I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more,” Westwood told GolfWeek at Riviera this week. “I didn’t feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn’t really fit what I wanted to do.”

In a text message to ESPN, Foley sounded amiable about the break as well.

“Things just didn’t gel,” Foley said. “Great guy and I wish the best for him.”

Westwood isn’t saying what’s next for him, but he told GolfWeek that he had “things in the pipeline.”

The 41-year-old Westwood was No. 1 in the world for 22 weeks in 2010, but he hasn’t won a tournament since the Nordea Masters in Sweden in June 2012.

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19 comments
pk20152
pk20152

two words: Colin Montgomerie 

Steve Grochowski
Steve Grochowski

Go to Butch Harmon ....he doesn't try to " reengineer a swing". The best of the best is Harmon ..

alexn
alexn

Thid Foley guy looks like an egotistical brat who wants to outshine his PGA Students. Hope Tiger gets rid of this selfish dude too.

John Sabourin
John Sabourin

So what, let's just watch him play. Heck, i think i could i could talk him into what he needs to hear...at a fraction of the price,(hey, a guys gotta eat).

Mike Rubino
Mike Rubino

Tiger should have done the same 4 years ago. This guy is poison.

kelprod1
kelprod1

Westwood needs to do something, because he is getting lost in the middle of the mediocre pack since committing to a more active PGA Tour schedule...

Matt Eddings
Matt Eddings

Tiger will leave Foley by the end of the year!

Teedoff
Teedoff

If only TW would leave too.  You can credit Foley all you want to for Justin Rose winning the US Open but Rose is an incredible talent who can win easily with Foley.  I've burned more calories than I ever wanted to reading about Foley.  Guy is a head case.  He's no Harmon that's for certain.

Tom Tomassoni
Tom Tomassoni

when u dont win u blame somebody, rite now lee cant get out of a wet paper bag

Peter Bisconti
Peter Bisconti

lee is a smart man!!! Should apologies to Butch and beg his forgivness

Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson

Lee will go to Butch Harmon, just watch. I know. I would. After seeing, the work he did with Jimmy Walker.

Mark Reckling
Mark Reckling

Foley is a little different. Not an instructor I'd hire.

Adam Mach
Adam Mach

If Tiger was smart he'd follow Lee right out that door.

macer
macer

Westwood is a great striker of the ball.  I believe Westwood had difficulty making putts coming down the stretch, which then affected his ball striking somewhat.

Westwood may have been officially ranked number one in the world, however, he was never number one with this follower of golf because he is without a major win.

Nospin
Nospin

things don't always fit.

Teedoff
Teedoff

Meant to say "withOUT Foley".

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