SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The interview phase seems to be over, at least that’s the take as darkness closes in on Whistling Straits after Tiger Woods headed to the practice tee to work with swing coach Sean Foley.
What Woods called a “possibility” earlier in the week seemed more likely on Thursday as the Orlando, Fla.-based instructor took over the spot vacated by Hank Haney earlier this year.
Woods, who opened with a 1-under 71 at the PGA Championship, was upbeat about his round after hitting 8 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation.
Woods has worked particularly hard on his swing this week, the byproduct, he said, of playing last week, which he normally doesn’t do before a major.
“What you saw the last few days is what I always do at home going into majors. So when I come here, I don't have to do a whole lot of work so I can save my energy,” Woods said. “This has been different, and I struggled last week and had to put in some work and felt good.”
Much of that work has been with Foley, who walked much of Woods’ practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday, which included Hunter Mahan, who also works with Foley.
But late Thursday it was just Foley and Woods, suggesting that a long-term arrangement between the two is more than just a “possibility.”
'Nothing is official,' Foley told Golf Channel's Rich Lerner, 'just sharing ideas.'
Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Channel's John Hawkins, 'Sean is not Tiger's official swing coach. As Tiger said in the media center early this week, he asked Sean to take a look at Tiger's swing. That is what Sean is doing and is simply providing feedback on what he has seen.'