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Tiger Woods and coach Sean Foley part ways

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods announced on Monday that he and his swing coach Sean Foley have gone separate ways. Woods stated the information on his website.

"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 was equally complimentary of his former pupil.

"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."

Woods, as you'll likely recall, won five times last season but didn't have a top 10 finish during an injury-plagued 2014.

There has been plenty of speculation that Foley's scientific tactics when it comes to the swing have strained Woods' body but as Adam Sarson pointed out, this was probably more about attrition than anything else:

Here are the coaches Woods has had:

1997-2002: Butch Harmon
2003-2010: Hank Haney
2010-2014: Sean Foley

As for who's next -- despite Twitter's incessent pleas that Woods go back to Harmon -- Woods said he's not in any hurry.

"Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one," added Woods.

Plus, as Tim Rosaforte noted way back in 2010, there's about a zero percent chance of that happening.

The thought of Harmon and Woods getting back together is a non-starter. Butch wouldn't or couldn't return to Woods after carving such a close relationship with Phil Mickelson. And while Woods and Harmon get along fine professionally, there's too much collateral damage done from their parting eight years ago.

Tiger Woods will have a new coach. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods will have a new coach. (Getty Images)

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