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Westwood splits with coach Foley after 7 months

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LOS ANGELES – Lee Westwood’s run with Sean Foley as his swing coach was short lived.

“I am not working with Sean anymore,” Westwood told after his pro-am round Wednesday when asked about a Golf Channel report that he was splitting with Foley roughly seven months after they began working together. “I am going to be working with somebody else.”


“It’s not something I want to discuss at the moment,” Westwood said.

Video: Westwood splits with coach Foley

Westwood, 40, in search of that elusive first major championship victory, began working with Foley shortly before the British Open last July. Westwood watched fellow Englishman Justin Rose win the U.S. Open at Merion with Foley tutoring him. It might have been the tipping point in the change for Westwood, who actually began talking to Foley at the Memorial just before the U.S. Open. Westwood rose to No. 1 in the world with long-time coach Pete Cowen’s help.

What didn’t work with Foley?

“I just wanted something else, a new way of teaching,” Westwood said. “I did enjoy working with him.”

Westwood tied for third at the British Open in his first event with Foley officially coaching him last summer. In 11 starts since, Westwood has recorded one top-10 finish. He opened this year tying for 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open. He missed the cut in his only other start, the Waste Management Phoenix Open two weeks ago.

Westwood took the No. 1 world ranking from Tiger Woods in October of 2010. He held the top spot for 22 weeks overall. He’s No. 33 in the world now.