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Weeks: Woods and Foley partnership comes to an end

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Bob Weeks
8/25/2014 8:41:32 PM
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Tiger Woods is parting ways with Sean Foley.

Woods made the announcement on his web site on Monday, saying the timing was right to end the relationship.

"I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said on tigerwoods.com. "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."

The news came the day after another Foley student, Hunter Mahan, won the first stop on the FedEx Cup playoffs, The Barclays.

Foley, from Burlington, Ont., was gracious in his parting words.

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together," Foley said. "It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him."

Woods said he has no plans to hire a new coach in the near future.

The Woods-Foley partnership, which was four years in length, took some heat over the past few months from many talking heads who suggested that what Foley was teaching wasn't helping Woods' battered body.

Under the Canadian's teaching, Woods enjoyed a five-win season in 2013 and three victories in 2012, but he also failed to end his major drought, which dates back to the 2008 U.S. Open. During the four years, Woods also spent considerable time away from the tour with a variety of injuries. The 14-time major winner played just seven tournaments in 2013-14. He withdrew from two and missed the cut in two others.

Foley was Woods third coach since turning professional. He also worked with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney.

In addition to Mahan, the Canadian coach works with Justin Rose, as well as a handful of Canadian players. In the past, he's taught Lee Westwood, Sean O'Hair and Seung-Yul Noh who parted with him for a variety of reasons.

According to a source, Foley took the news well and said he remains friends with Woods.

Sean Foley (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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