Tiger goes swinging with Canuck

Tiger Woods tees off during a practice round for the 92nd PGA Golf Championship at Whistling...

Tiger Woods tees off during a practice round for the 92nd PGA Golf Championship at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin on August 9, 2010. (MATHIEU BELANGER/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

KOHLER, Wis. — It’s looking like Tiger Woods is a step closer to having a Canadian swing coach.

“There’s a possibility, maybe at some point,” Toronto instructor Sean Foley told QMI Agency after he spent Tuesday morning walking with Woods and two of Foley’s students, Hunter Mahan and Sean O’Hair, during a practice round at Whistling Straits in preparation for the PGA Championship which gets under way Thursday.

After the round, Woods confirmed working with Foley is a possibility, but that there are other coaches in the mix. Woods has been without a coach since parting ways in May with Hank Haney, who had been his coach since 2004. Another name to consider is that of Orlando-based Brian Mogg, who has been working with the defending PGA champ, Y.E. Yang.

“Certainly it’s a possibility. No doubt,” Woods said of a more defined relationship with Foley. “But there are also a lot of other coaches out there ... that I’ve talked to.”

Woods said he asked Foley to take video of a couple of his swings Tuesday morning.

“I wanted him to have a look at it today on video so I can take a look at it and that’s what we did,” Woods said.

During the practice round, caddie Steve Williams stood in front of Woods and held the grip end of a club against the right side of the golfer's head. As he swung, it gave Woods the feeling of staying over the ball and preventing his head from moving laterally on the downswing.

The drill was the result of Foley’s suggestion.

Didn’t that mean they were working together?

“I won’t work with anybody until I sign a contract,” said Foley, whose star has been on the rise since 2006 when he started working with Calgary’s Stephen Ames. He also has Justin Rose, Parker McLachlin and Greg Owen in his stable.

Woods said keeping his head steady has been something he has got away from lately, but what wasn’t clear was whether this was a self-revelation. Foley suggested the drill which certainly makes it sound like he noted it as a flaw in Woods’ swing. Woods drove the ball beautifully on the final few holes of the practice round Tuesday.

“I was just trying to keep my head a little more steady going back,” Woods said. “It’s something that I’ve worked on over the years. The head was moving too much for me and my golf swing.

"How I like to swing the club, it was just moving too much. So I tried to shore that up a bit so that I can start going down the line again, start using my legs again properly and it’s starting to feel a little bit better.”

Mahan has worked with Foley since 2008 and is coming off a win at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, a WGC event.

“(It’s) definitely another set of eyes right now,” he said of what he noted going on between Woods and Foley. “Could be something more. You never know. But I felt Tiger hit it nice today. I think he was hitting pretty much every shot he wanted to hit, so he seemed pretty comfortable out there.”

Mahan gave Foley an enthusiastic endorsement.

“He’s the best I’ve ever talked to about the golf swing. He knows more about it than anybody,” Mahan said. “As a coach, he knows how to talk to us. He really knows how to prepare us for a tournament. He knows exactly what to say to give us the right amount of information that we can use and then we can take it to the golf course.

“And he talks to us differently. He knows how to talk to each one of us and get the most out of us from a swing perspective. He just knows his stuff.”

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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