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Butch Harmon: Tiger Woods doesn’t need a swing coach

tiger-woodsTiger Woods parted ways with his most recent swing coach on Monday when he announced that he and Sean Foley will no longer be working together. Foley was Tiger’s third swing coach since 2002, when Woods last worked with the legendary Butch Harmon. While Woods enjoyed a great deal of success with Harmon from 1993 to 2002, the two will not be reuniting.

Harmon, who works with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, said Monday that he would not work with Tiger again and doesn’t think the 14-time major champion should even hire a new coach.

“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told Rex Hoggard of 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.’”

That is basically the same piece of advice PGA golfer Parker McLachlin, a former Foley student, had for Woods when Tiger struggled at the start of the PGA Championship earlier this month. Tiger won the PGA Player of the Year Award with five wins last season while working with Foley, but obviously something went wrong. Harmon doesn’t blame Foley for that.

“Sean’s had great success. He has nothing to hang his head about,” Harmon said. “I called him and told him that. I told him he worked his tail for this guy. Nothing lasts forever.”

Tiger has not won a major championship since 2008. It once appeared that he was destined to shatter Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major victories, but even winning four more to tie it seems unlikely for Woods at this point. He has worked with every high-profile swing coach in the business. Maybe it’s time for Tiger to stop thinking so much and rely on his natural talent.

Tiger Woods fires swing coach Sean Foley

Tiger-Woods-Sean-FoleyTiger Woods announced on Monday that he has decided to end his relationship with swing coach Sean Foley.

“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said, via his official website. “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.”

Tiger started working with Foley in 2010. Foley was Woods’ third swing coach after he worked with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney. Tiger, who has battled back injuries this season, had five wins last year and was named the PGA Player of the Year. However, he has not been able to drive the ball consistently for years and many have urged him to part ways with Foley.

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PGA golfer Parker McLachlin, a former Foley student, told Tiger to fire Foley at the start of the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Woods announced during the PGA Championship that he has withdrawn from Ryder Cup consideration and is not planning to play again until December.

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Nick Faldo: The Tiger Woods era is over

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Tiger Woods did not make the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla this week yet he still was a popular topic of discussion Saturday.

CBS golf commentator Nick Faldo stated the obvious about Woods’ play of late and said Tiger’s era of dominance is over.

“Tiger may win again. And we would love to see him win again, wouldn’t we? But the period — the Tiger era — I have to say is over,” Faldo said early during CBS’ coverage Saturday.

If Tiger’s era of dominance is over, does that mean we’re in a new era — perhaps the Rory McIlroy era?

“We are in a new era now. Whether it becomes Rory McIlroy’s era, we don’t quite know yet. He’s sure making a damn good case for it. But there’s such great quality — the quality left and right of Tiger I think is amazing.

“The era of his dominance is over. We’re definitely on a new era now.”

Eldrick’s last major win came in 2008. He’s had 9 top-10 finishes in majors since then, but he’s also been cut three times including this weekend. Between injuries and simply not winning, it’s been obvious that Tiger is no longer the dominant golfer he was. At 25 and already with three majors, it looks like McIlroy is the new world leader.

Tiger Woods drops another F-bomb (Video)

tiger-woodsTiger Woods has not played well since returning from back surgery, and the result has been at least one F-bomb per week. The latest came during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday when Tiger yanked his tee shot on hole No. 2 (his 11th after starting on No. 10) into a hazard.

It sounds like Tiger added a little extra this time. I’m pretty sure that was, “For f—‘s sake!”

Woods, who was able to play at Valhalla despite withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational last week with another back injury, has been particularly irritable lately. He took the Lord’s name in vain at the British Open last month and swore at a camera crew last weekend. He needs a massage or something.

Video via The Big Lead

Tiger Woods suffered another back injury (Video)

Tiger-Woods-injures-backTiger Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday after he appeared to aggravate his surgically repaired back. The swing where Woods began feeling pain came on the 2nd hole after he hit an awkward shot in front of a fairway bunker.

Tiger had to take a very uncomfortable stance and lost his balance while swinging. He stumbled back into the bunker and appeared to come up gingerly. He was able to grind through six more holes before a drive on No. 9 appeared to push him over the edge.

Woods withdrew from the tournament after that drive and was later spotted in the parking lot struggling to take off his shoes. It remains unclear if he will play at the PGA Championship — the fourth and final major of the season — this weekend.

In all likelihood, another year has gone by and Tiger remains four major victories behind Jack Nicklaus’ record mark of 18. Woods has not won a major since 2008, which seems like an eternity. While it once looked like a virtual certainty that he would surpass Nicklaus at some point in his career, Tiger’s body is simply breaking down.

Tiger Woods wants some f—ing space (Video)

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Tiger Woods did not play particularly well in the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday. While Sergio Garcia and the other players atop the leaderboard were draining birdie after birdie, Tiger was struggling to make par en route to a 72. That’s probably why he was in no mood to have a camera in his face.

After playing his second shot out of the rough on hole No. 6, where he ended up with a double-bogey, Tiger cursed out a camera crew. He not-so-kindly asked for some “f—ing space.” Check it out:

Tiger has had a particularly short fuse with camera people lately, which is probably due to the fact that he is struggling and trying to return to form. He also yelled a naughty word when some photographers interrupted his back swing at The Open Championship a couple weeks ago.

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Video via Golf Central Daily

Charles Barkley not friends with Tiger Woods anymore

Charles BarkleyOne of the odder friendships of the sporting world has ended, sadly.

Charles Barkley says he and Tiger Woods are no longer friends despite being fairly close during Woods’ run as a top golfer.

Barkley was co-hosting with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly on Friday and was asked by a caller if he’s still friends with Tiger.

“We’re not friends anymore,” Barkley answered.

Missanelli, who says he does not like Tiger, believes the golfer removes himself from society. Barkley then gave some insight about Tiger’s personality.

“Well I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably is a negative at some point, like he was so consumed with being the greatest golfer ever, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. Even when was a friend of mine, he wasn’t a very sociable guy. He just had a one-track mind. He just wanted to break Jack Nicklaus’ record.”

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Barkley then explained what he thinks Tiger needs to consider.

“Golf is just a game. Your life don’t suck. … But I think when you put yourself in that situation where your whole life revolves around how you’re doing on a golf course, you’re gonna develop a negative attitude to a certain degree, instead of saying, ‘I’ve actually got it pretty good.’ It’s like people who say I never won a championship. I understand that. I accept that. But it ain’t like I’m sitting around saying, ‘Oh my God, my life sucks. This is so miserable.”

The friendship between Barkley and Tiger may have ended in 2009, around the time of Tiger’s sex scandal. In 2011, Chuck told Mike Lupica that he hadn’t spoken with Tiger in two years.

“You think you’re friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You’re like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together,” Barkley said at the time. “I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”

Barkley also dismissed the notion that he and Michael Jordan corrupted Tiger, saying that they had no idea Woods was cheating on his wife.

It may be old news that the two are no longer friends, but these comments sure were interesting. Now, whenever a Tiger fan laments his struggles since the sex scandal, you need to say that he’s not only missing all the women, but his good pals Chuck and MJ.

Transcription via Golf Channel