Hank Haney calls time on his swing coach duties with Tiger Woods; Is Sean Foley next?
Late Monday night, Haney confirmed that he and Woods had parted ways. Golfweek reached Haney for comment: “I resigned because there is a time and place for everything and I believed that now was the time for me to step aside,” Haney told Golfweek in an email. “I am very proud of the work that I have done with Tiger and the record that he has had with me helping him.”
The 31 worldwide victories and six major championship under Haney’s tutelage speaks volumes to the relationship the two had over the years. But recently things appeared to be strained. Woods and Haney were only ever seen working together before and during the major championships, leading many to believe Woods was diagnosing his own swing issues.
Then the Haney-Woods saga took another turn at The Players when Woods was spotted playing a practice round with Hunter Mahan and Sean O’Hair. While the round seemed normal on paper, the addition of swing coach Sean Foley — Mahan and O’Hair’s current coach — added even more fuel to the fire.
The Globe and Mail then reached out to Foley for comment. The swing coach denied he and Woods were working together.
But a call to Stack and Tilt guru’s Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer gave a decidedly different tone.
Bennett and Plummer are friends with Foley, who thinks highly of their work. A source told me that Bennett said at Mountain Ridge that Foley was going to announce within a couple of weeks that he’d be working with Woods. Smoke again, and this time from a friend of Foley’s.
Bennett also said that O’Hair and Woods have become good pals, which is true. They often play practice rounds together. Woods sees what O’Hair does. It’s likely that they’ve spoken about Foley.
So is Foley in or out? That still remains to be seen. But the writing on the wall would appear to be pointing in the direction of Woods and Foley working together in the future. Given Woods’ frustration with his game over the last couple of weeks, as well as the lack of time with Haney, it would appear that Foley is the new man for the job.
Woods is a very guarded person, so the odds of this story coming out prior to the U.S. Open are slim. Even still, there’s a good chance we may see these two together for the first time at Pebble Beach — assuming Woods is healthy enough to play.