Tiger Woods Fires Swing Coach After Four Years and No Major Titles

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Michael Buteau discusses why Tiger Woods fired his coach Sean Foley. He speaks on “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Tiger Woods said he will no longer be working with Sean Foley, his swing coach the past four years.

Woods, 38, said he hasn’t hired a new coach and has no timetable for naming a replacement.

“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “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 had worked with Foley for the past four years after former coach Hank Haney ended their relationship. During their time together, Woods won eight U.S. PGA Tour events. He failed to add a major title while with Foley and remains four wins behind Jack Nicklaus’s major record total of 18.

Over his career, Woods won eight of golf’s four Grand Slam events while working with Butch Harmon from 1996-2003 and six while with Haney from 2004-2010.

Woods and Foley officially began working together at the 2010 PGA Championship. In their last tournament, Woods missed the 36-hole cut at the PGA Championship earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky. He then said he would take time off to recovery physically and prepare for next season.

“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 in a statement. “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.”

Photographer: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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Tiger Woods of the United States works with his coach Sean Foley during a practice round prior to the start of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Aug. 7, 2013 in Rochester, New York.

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