Tiger's coaches taking shots

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

In interviews, Sean Foley likes to trot out his past as a pock-faced underdog in high school, for some reason.

Well, Sean, this ain't high school anymore.

Foley unintentionally sparked a Twitter storm of rage from star client Tiger Woods' former teacher Hank Haney, whose overblown response only furthered the schoolyard he-said, he-said.

Now another former Woods coach has entered the fray and the only golf coaches you can name -- Butch Harmon, Haney and Foley, who all achieved some level of notoriety through their association with Woods -- are engaged in comparing records and giving each other advice.

Foley commented that nothing about Woods' swing when he was working with Haney made sense to him in a Golf.cominterview, prompting Haney to fire back on Twitter, saying, among a barrage of other things: "He won."

This week, Foley told the Associated Press that it was all a misunderstanding.

"I think it was more of a reaction to what I had said that I never fully understood what they were working on," Foley said.

But he should have stopped there, instead adding: "He's got every right to comment back. But to the extreme and the amount ... I was like, 'Do you have anything else to do?' "

Foley should heed his own wisdom from what he told AP: "Tiger helped build Hank's career, not the other way around."

Tiger grad Harmon said it best about Foley, though: "He's never been in the hot seat. And this is a hot seat."

AMES ON TARGET

Finally some good news for Canadian golf fans.

Calgary's Stephen Ames fired a final-round 66 Sunday to finish in a tie for third at the Puerto Rico Open, the best result by far this season for a Canuck.

And heading into this week's Transitions Championship in Palm Harbour, Fla., his confidence must be fairly high. Ames finished tied for sixth at the Transitions Championship, his best finish of 2010.

The Puerto Rico result earned Ames a cool $203,000 US, vaulting him from 163rd on the money list to a much more comfortable 72nd. He also jumped from 160 to 132 in the official world ranking. Brantford's David Hearn also put together a nice week in Puerto Rico, finishing tied for 14th after a bogey-free final-round 67. Hearn earned $61,250 to jump from 183 to 142 on the money list.

LPGA GIVING BACK

In a week where we are consumed with stories from the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you can't help but appreciate the LPGA Tour's brilliant idea with its RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

The tournament's $1 million purse will go entirely to charity. Half will go toward LPGA initiatives, while the remaining $500,000 in prize money will go toward the players' chosen charity, including the $200,000 top prize.

Results still will count toward the LPGA money list.

With the amount of coverage, sponsorship and money, not to mention the sheer number of events, the PGA Tour could afford to follow suit.

tim.mckay@sunmedia.ca/Twitter@TimMcKayGolf


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