Category: Sean Foley

September 11, 2013

Donald: Sean Foley didn't have time to coach me

Posted at 12:29 PM by Scooby Axson


Luke Donald knew he had to make a change. 

After parting ways with Pat Goss, the man who had been his coach for over a decade, Donald sought help to get him back to the form that made him the world's No. 1 player in 2011. 

Before eventually choosing Chuck Cook, Donald talked to Sean Foley, who works with Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose. But Foley just didn't have the time, Donald said Tuesday at the BMW Championship.

"I talked to Sean briefly about the possibility of working together, just to get his thoughts, and he came back to me with a very honest answer, that he didn't think, considering what he had on his plate, that he could give me 100 percent of the commitment I needed. I work pretty hard, and I told him I wanted to work hard and I wanted to put in a lot of time, and he was worried that having a young family and all the responsibility that he has that he wouldn't be able to give me that 100 percent commitment, and I totally understand that." 

Donald said that Foley is the one who mentioned Cook as a possible coach and the two started working together at the PGA Championship.

Donald is 55th in the FedEx Cup Standings coming into this weekend's BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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May 02, 2012

Tiger Woods works with coach Sean Foley during Wells Fargo practice round

Posted at 2:04 PM by Jeff Ritter

Tiger-quail_300CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tiger Woods hit several loose shots and struggled with the speed of Quail Hollow's greens, but appeared in high spirits in his first public round since a disappointing tie for 40th place at the Masters. Woods teed off at 7:30 a.m. in the first group of Wednesday's Wells Fargo Championship pro-am and was joined inside the ropes for his opening nine holes by coach Sean Foley, who watched as the former No. 1 mixed an array of flushed drives and precise approach shots with an occasional leftward hook.

Woods and Foley appeared to be working on Woods's transition from backswing to downswing, as well as his posture. His short irons and chipping were solid, but he didn't make a putt outside five feet in his opening nine holes and he left several putts short. Still, Quail Hollow is a track where Woods has won before (2007), and where he feels comfortable.

"He likes this course a lot," said Glenn Greenspan, Woods's spokesman, while walking along the second fairway. "Everything is just right in front of you."

Greenspan's remark was about all the press would get on Wednesday, as Woods did not take questions from the media after his round, leaving scribes to mine quotes from the 14-minute video chat with fans posted on Woods's website Monday afternoon.

Woods was openly frustrated by his erratic play at the Masters, his most recent event, which climaxed with a now-infamous drop-kicked club after a wayward tee shot on the par-3 16th hole. On Wednesday, though, he appeared in good spirits. On the driving range before his early tee time, Woods had a light-hearted chat with Jason Day, who teed off on No. 10 in the other 7:30 a.m. group.

While walking off the third green, Woods noticed that a longtime golf writer and TV reporter had briefly commandeered a television camera and pointed it at the golfer. He laughed and quipped, "That's priceless." Later, after Woods ripped a drive down the middle on the par-5 seventh, he turned to Foley and said cheerfully, "I hit the s--- out of that."

By the back nine, Woods's game had warmed up along with the temperature, which cracked 90 degrees. When Foley left the group after the ninth hole, Woods's agent, Mark Steinberg, stepped in for the remaining holes. Woods broke out his sunglasses while making a nice up-and-down at 16. On 18, his approach from a fairway bunker caromed off a rock along a creek and onto the fringe, which brought a roar from the crowd and a quick grin from Woods, who got that one up and in for par.

After putting out, Woods shook hands with his playing partners and for about five minutes worked through a line of autograph-seekers that led to the clubhouse, where he ducked inside for lunch.

One of Woods's pro-am partners enjoyed the unique experience of playing with the world's most famous golfer.

"It's almost indescribable," said Troy Murray, a 43-year-old accounts director and 4-handicap who won the chance to play with Woods in a company lottery. "Walking down the 16th fairway, with people ringing the entire thing, I'll never forget that."

Woods missed the Wells Fargo Championship last year while recovering from an Achilles injury, and missed the cut in his last appearance here in 2010. He tees off Thursday at 1:25 p.m. Eastern with Webb Simpson and Geoff Ogilvy.

(Photos: Chuck Burton/AP)

April 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Sean Foley says 'tearing down of Tiger' must stop

Posted at 10:45 AM by Jeff Ritter

Sean Foley, who has worked as Tiger Woods's golf coach for nearly two years, was a guest on the Sirius/XM radio PGA Tour Network show "Fairways of Life," where he defended his most polarizing student. The full transcript was not available on the Sirius website, but's Randall Mell offers a recap.

“I know everyone has a job to do, and I get it,” Foley said. “But if it is about the game of golf, Tiger Woods is an extremely important part of the game, and I think everyone understands that. It has just gotten to the point where the tearing down of Tiger as a person and a golfer has become just too much. I think it is just out of hand.

“I realize it is 2012, and we have dotcoms, and you have to write five articles a day, and you run out of things to write about, but we should be in a position where we are trying to help and lift up and support a player like Tiger Woods, instead of tearing him down, because everyone in the golf industry is better off because of his existence.

“That is basically one thing I want to get out. Tiger is a wonderful person, and he is a good dude, and he lives a complex life. I think things have got to slow down, it has got to stop, the daily referendums and the criticism.”


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September 21, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Foley back to work after child's health scare

Posted at 1:07 PM by Ryan Reiterman

With Tiger Woods's game in disarray, his swing coach, Sean Foley, has had a lot of arrows slung his way. But Tiger's swing plane has been the last thing on Foley's mind lately, writes ESPN's Bob Harig.

Kieran Foley was born Aug. 26 in Orlando and Foley and his wife, Kate, lived the past four months knowing that the outlook for their son's long-term health was bleak.

"There was a 50-50 chance my son would die at birth," Foley said Tuesday by phone, on his way home from working with another of his clients, Tiger Woods. "For lack of a better term, it's a medical miracle. The doctor told us he has trumped the best-case scenario for this disorder by 100 times."

Kieran was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition in which an abnormal opening in the diaphragm can lead to parts of the stomach or other abdominal organs moving into the chest cavity. In Kieran's case, his heart was located on the right side of his chest.

Harig also notes that Justin Rose, another Foley pupil, made a nice gesture after winning the BMW Championship last week. Rose dedicated his last two shots to Foley's son in a post-round interview.

Bus Blues
The 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team lacked proper rain gear, and now it looks like the U.S. Solheim Cup team could use a new team bus, according to Golf Channel's Jay Coffin.

The team bus broke down Monday on the way from the Dublin airport to Killeen Castle. To make matters worse, "Born in the USA" was blaring' on the radio when the incident occurred.

Then, once at the course, Juli Inkster's golf cart broke down at the farthest point from the clubhouse.

"She broke down out there where there are only wolves around," Christina Kim said.

Age of Parity?
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem gave a "state of the tour" address Tuesday at the Tour Championship, and NBC's Ryan Ballengee writes the commish is happy that parity is the new buzz word in golf.

As 2011 ends, no player on the PGA Tour has more than two wins and only one of those guys has a major this year. For the second consecutive year, it appears the Tour Championship will not only lock up the FedEx Cup winner but seems likely to identify the player of the year.

Commissioner Tim Finchem is very pleased with the rampant parity that has gripped his tour.

“We’ve gone very quickly from a point in time when we were very much a sport that had a dominant player (Woods) to all the way to the other end of the spectrum,” Finchem said Tuesday at East Lake.

“We’re at a point of total parity. Anybody out here can win any given time. So far the fans seem to really like it, and it’ll be interesting to see what develops in that regard going forward.”

But is parity a good thing for the tour? Paul Azinger doesn't think so ...

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July 27, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Foley unsure when Tiger will return

Posted at 11:18 AM by Alan Bastable

Forget the rumors and reports. No one knows for sure when Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour, not even his swing coach Sean Foley. Steve Elling of CBS Sports exchanged text messages with Foley on Tuesday night:

Foley said … that the pair have not been working together, which seemingly creates the very real possibility that Woods will miss the PGA Championship next month, too. Bridgestone and the PGA are staged in consecutive weeks and Woods has regularly played in both.

“We have not hit any balls,” Foley wrote. “And I have no idea what his plans are as far as when he plays again. It’s up to the doctors.”

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Why British female pros have been lapped by their male counterparts

Great Britain boasts the No. 1 and 2 players in the world in Luke Donald and Lee Westwood and three of the last five major champions in Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke. Lagging way behind them, however, are their female counterparts, reports Karen Crouse of the New York Times:

Heading into the Women’s British Open this week at Carnoustie Golf Club, the highest-ranked women from the British Isles are Catriona Matthew of Scotland (36), Melissa Reid of England (39) and her compatriot Laura Davies (68).

What gives?

Those who play and follow the sport suggest golf’s patrician roots in Britain have constricted the women’s professional progress. Neil Squires, who covers golf for the Manchester Evening News, estimated that 90 percent of the country’s golfers are men. There remain clubs, he said, where women are invisible by design.

“Historically, there’s always been an issue with golf and all-male clubs,” Squires said, adding that until recently there was a sign displayed at Royal St. George’s that reflected the prevailing attitude.

“It read ‘No Women, No Dogs in the clubhouse,”’ he added. “If you’re a woman wanting to take up golf or even a guy with daughters wanting to take up golf, would you take your daughter along to a place like that?”

McIlroy chooses G-Mac over Clarke

As the highest-ranked Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy was given the option (maybe “chore” is a better word) of choosing his partner for the World Cup, a two-man team event in China in November. G-Mac? Clarke? Harrington? Feherty? Tough call. McIlroy, clever lad that he is, took the easy way out, reports the Irish Times:

“G-Mac’s the next highest on the rankings, so it will be me and him again,” the 22-year-old said today on the eve of the Irish Open at Killarney.

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July 12, 2011

Man-crush? Foley calls Rock 'one of greatest hitters in world'

Posted at 5:39 PM by Stephanie Wei

Rock SANDWICH, England -- As swing instructor Sean Foley approached the chipping green at Royal St. George's, a grinning Justin Rose hollered, "We're playing at 10:10 tomorrow morning with Rock. He's excited."

Rose was teasing his coach a bit. You see, Foley is rather fond of Robert Rock's swing.

It's hard to figure out who is more excited to spend the day together -- Foley or Rock. Apparently they have a bit of a man-crush on each other.

"I think we’re both fans of each other," said Foley, whose clients include the injured Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan and Stephen Ames. "He’s a big swing geek like me."

"Outside of my guys -- obviously I’m biased -- Robert Rock, to me, is one of the greatest hitters in the world," he said. "I love watching him swing."

The 34-year-old European Tour standout Rock has worked with professional golfer and instructor Mac O'Grady, who like Foley is an iconoclast known for his eccentricity.

Foley met Rock for the first time in person on the driving range last month at the U.S. Open, where Rock made headlines for reportedly spending $24,000 in legal fees to secure a visa to enter the United States after qualifying for the U.S. Open. (He needed a visa because of a drunk-driving incident when he was a teenager.) Arriving at Congressional less than 12 hours before his first-round tee time, Rock, who had never seen the course, shot a respectable one-under 70.

Just an example of Rock being a "cool cat," as Foley puts it.

"I went up to him and told him I thought he was great," said Foley. "And I’d been looking at his swing on YouTube for the last three or four years, and I just wanted to meet him."

Turns out the appreciation was mutual. Rock replied saying he was actually a fan of Foley's, too, and he liked how his students were swinging.

"He’s a bit of a legend, too," said Foley, laughing.

From the sounds of it, Foley and Rock will have plenty to discuss regarding their theories on the golf swing. And what is it about Rock's swing that Foley fancies?

"You know, that would take two hours to explain," said Foley.

(Photo: Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

May 11, 2011

Sean Foley raps Bubba Watson over Tiger criticism

Posted at 12:20 PM by Mike Walker

Foley-tiger On an Irish radio show, Tiger Woods’ swing coach Sean Foley (pictured) took issue with Bubba Watson’s comment that Woods was “going the wrong way.” Kids, if you ever need an example of an "ad hominem argument" for your poli-sci class, this would be a good one. From

In a wide-ranging interview in which he displayed little love for the media, Foley said: “He has the right to his own opinion but you probably shouldn’t make comments about a guy who has won 69 more times than you and you are virtually the same age. You know what I mean?”

Denying that he was angered by what Watson said, Foley added: “I wouldn’t say angry. I would just say, bud, you won three times the last 10 months, I am really pleased for you. You have worked hard and I think it is a great thing that you are playing so well. But why do you feel the need that you have to get the attention? What’s the use in making that comment?

“Let the guy do what he’s doing and you do what you’re doing and it will be fine. There is absolutely zero need for him to make that comment. But you know, Bubba loves the camera anyway so, I mean, whatever.”

Foley's boss was asked about Watson's comments at his Sawgrass press conference on Tuesday.

Q. I know you and Bubba are friends. I was curious about your reaction to what he said last week about you going in the wrong direction.
TIGER WOODS: That was interesting.

Q. He said this morning that you guys haven't had a chance to talk.

Q. Do you have an issue with it?
TIGER WOODS: We'll talk.

Q. Have you ever told him he needed a teacher?
TIGER WOODS: To each his own. Lee Trevino didn't have a teacher ever. One of the best ball strikers that ever lived, he was in the top two or three of all time, and he never once had a teacher. So it can be done.

Watson said on Tuesday that he had discussed his comments about Woods with Woods' agent to clear the air, and that Team Tiger said everything was cool. Guess Foley didn't get the memo.

Q. What kind of feedback have you gotten from Tiger after your comments last week?
BUBBA WATSON: I haven't talked to him yet, so I just talked to his agent, and I talked to another person in his camp last week and told them that I didn't say anything wrong. I just said my opinion, and the media runs with it.

You guys don't run with it but other people do. And so I just told him that, look, you know me. I'm good friends with you. I've been a supporter of you the whole time I've been a pro and have known you. So I'm here for you, but I didn't do anything wrong.

So yeah, the camp says I'm okay, but I haven't talked to the boss yet. (Laughter.)

(Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP)

March 17, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Players donating to Japan relief

Posted at 9:28 AM by Ryan Reiterman

The LPGA Tour's first domestic event of 2011 is this week in Phoenix, with the entire $1 million purse going to charity. Half of the purse will go to the LPGA Foundation, while the other $500,000 will go to the designated charities of players who finish in the top 10.

In light of the disaster in Japan, Yani Tseng has decided to make the UNICEF Tap Project her designated charity this week. The UNICEF Tap Project is raising funds to help children who have been impacted by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

“I was touched when researching charities and I looked at the website of the UNICEF Tap Project,” Tseng says. “I have a soft spot in my heart for children, so I hope my play in Phoenix can help this great cause."

Paula Creamer also announced via Twitter that she will be donating any earnings to Japan relief.

On the PGA Tour, Stephanie Wei reports that Ryuji Imada will donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes, and he drafted a letter asking his fellow players to join him.

Foley Roundup
Sean Foley is starting to realize what it's like to coach the most scrutinized player in the history of the game, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.

"It's almost become a shot-by-shot referendum," said Foley, who began coaching Woods at last summer's PGA Championship and is working with Stephen Ames at this week's Transitions Championship.

Foley then touched on his recent spat with Hank Haney.

"Sometimes the high school cafeteria just carries on into the rest of life. It's gotten a little silly."

Then Foley added: "But I've read some of the things I've said in the past and I said after, 'You know what? I wouldn't want my son to read that I said that.' I realize that things unconsciously come out. It shows me I have a lot to learn about being grateful, about being compassionate, being empathetic and just focusing on myself."

Good idea. Stephanie Wei also talked with Foley about his constant use of a camera with Woods.

Tiger will say, ‘I’m going to take this one and get it more upright. Whoa, that felt really upright.’ So then I show him the video, ‘Here you go, Tiger, this is what it looks like when it feels really up.’ It’s not like we’re getting incremental. We’re not sitting there saying, you have to be 31 degrees across the axis at this point. It’s just more of a benchmark to know he can see how it feels. So then he can say, ‘Now I see what that feels like.’

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November 22, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Sean Foley talks Tiger and Teaching Philosophy

Posted at 4:20 PM by Michael Chwasky

Tiger's work history with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney has understandably received a ton of attention over the years, with both teachers reaping major rewards as well as a fair share of criticism. Regardless, it's hard to imagine either guy would say serving as Tiger's swing coach was a bad thing for their career or bank account. Now that there's a new sheriff in town, a lot of golf fans are wondering what Sean Foley's relationship with the former world's No. 1 is like, and exactly what they plan to work on.

In a story posted by Brian Wacker on, many of these questions are answered as Foley expounds (with a fair dose of generality) on his involvement with Tiger, the question of ethics, his professed lack of desire for notoriety, and more. In regard to what the two will focus on in regard to the swing, Foley anwers:

More than anything, it's a minimalist approach. I remember reading in Mike Hebron's book, "The Art and Zen of Learning Golf," it says there are things that you cause to happen and things that you allow to happen. When you start trying to cause what's already allowed to happen, you're going to run into problems. There's a catalyst to certain things that you build in the backswing, and in the downswing there are things that are a catalyst to what happens in the through swing. If Jim Furyk's hitting it dead straight and Tiger's hitting it dead straight, the alignments at impact are identical regardless of how it looks like they got there. Sean O'Hair can swing the way he does because of his flexibility, whereas Stephen Ames has to swing at it a little differently to get the same shot shape because of what he brings to the table with his body type. The reason no golf swing will ever look truly the same is that people's hand length and arm length and strength and flexibility and how their body does or doesn't work are going to be different.

OK, pretty vanilla, but you know Foley doesn't want this relationship to end before it gets started by leaking anything too specific. Still, it tells us they'll be focusing on getting Tiger to swing more naturally than he did with Haney. Could be a good thing.

Next, Foley talks about what Tiger is having the most trouble getting used to in learning a "new," swing. His answer is a bit more interesting here:

The pattern of movement is much different than what he's done. He's always moved off the ball, except in junior golf, and then his arms were always out in front of him rather than working in on the arc. But when you have residual motor patterns, they always come back in. Making the swing I want him to make isn't that difficult for him, it's just that there's always going to be traces of every shot he's ever hit.

Things get even more interesting when the interview comes to the topic of Foley's philosophy in general. Considering where Tiger's come from and where he's trying to go, one would think these two might have a thing or two to talk about:

Your teaching philosophy is going to be an underscore of your philosophy. The mantra for me is what Ghandi said in that we need to be the change we want to see in the world. So it's not to condemn what we're trying to change, and I think it was Aristotle who said, 'A man can't think his way to proper action; He has to act his way to proper thinking.' Don't tell me, show me. That's some deep stuff I understand, but it's definitely happening. I just try to lead by example with my guys. My swing philosophy is the same way. I'm not coaching golfers; I'm coaching human beings who deal with love and hate and fear and all those different aspects in the emotional arena. If you look at them as just a golfer, you're missing out.

Tiger Ready to Return to Endorsement Arena?
Since his ill-fated meeting with a fire hydrant last November, Tiger's marriage, golf game and endorsement dollars have fallen off the map. To put things into perspective, according to Kantar Media, Tiger appeared in about $700,000 worth of advertisements through the first nine months of this year, as opposed to about $70 million during the same period last year. But according to a story in USA Today, El Tigre's return to the top of the endorsement game might not be as much of a long shot as many people think.

According to Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, a recent test of his client's market appeal producing "very powerful, positive, positive results." Steinberg added that he is currently in discussions with several companies about endorsement deals, and that Tiger will have a new logo on his bag next year.

"We are a society of second chances. That's been proven over the years. He's not going to be in any deal until he looks the company in the eye and has a serious conversation with them. 'How are you going to live your life? We want to be part of the redemption, rehabilitation. Are you serious about that?' And he knows that. He's comfortable with it. And he's going to do that."

Tell us what you think: does Tiger deserve a second shot at the millions he lost in endorsement dollars, or has he permanently blown his legitimacy as a pitch man?

September 03, 2010

Foley knocks Tiger's former coaches

Posted at 12:01 PM by Alan Bastable

Sean Foley isn't yet officially Tiger Woods's new swing coach — even if the two have done everything together short of trading Claddagh rings — but this much is obvious if and when Foley does get the nod: he won't be shy telling Tiger, and just about everybody else, exactly what's on his mind.

In a juicy interview with Fox Sports Robert Lusetich, Foley sounded off on a variety of topics, including the notion that Tiger should revert to his Butch Harmon-molded swing ("trying to go back to that would be a huge mistake"), Woods's recent form under Hank Haney's watch ("let’s be honest about this, it’s not like he was flushing it with Hank"); and why, as some have suggested, Foley is more than just a "flavor of the month" in teaching circles.    

“If I’m flavor of the month then I’ve been flavor of the month for 10 years,” he said. “I’m doing what I was supposed to do, I really believe that.

“There’s a sense that this was what I was meant to do, and here I am. But this is not fixing world hunger, this is getting people who are already very good to hit a golf ball better.

“I suppose my point is that I’m not a guru, and I’m not some guy who (BS'd) his way to the top. I’m just who I am.”

He can say that again.

As clock ticks, Pavin mulls picks
In five days U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin will announce his four wildcard picks at the bastion of American capitalism, the New York Stock Exchange. Captain's picks are golf's version of an IPO — and it's uncertain how fans will receive Pavin's. Will they buy his selections? Or, as many Europeans have done with Monty's surprising picks, submit a rush of sell orders? Jeff Babineau of Golfweek considers the sure things:

The consensus is that Tiger Woods, he being the No. 1 player in the world, and Zach Johnson, he being a guy with a red-hot putter who seems to be rounding into good form, are pretty much locks.

And the outliers:

Nick Watney? Sean O’Hair? Bo Van Pelt? Ricky Barnes? Ryan Palmer? J.B. Holmes? A few hot days, a victory at Deutsche Bank, and who knows? Winning in the playoffs certainly can upgrade a guy from “watch” to “hot” in a hurry.

“Depending on who it is, it would give me pause, yes,” Pavin said Thursday.

No matter who Pavin picks, it will give golf fans and writers pause. (Rickie Fowler? C'mon! Dude hasn't won a single Tour event!!! Tiger Woods? You mean the guy who's 65th in FedEx points? Bo Van Pelt? Bo Van Who??? ) Earlier this week, my colleague Gary Van Sickle suggested that Pavin psych out the Euros by using only one of his picks. ("We don't need 12 men!" Pavin could bellow. "We'll beat 'em with nine!") Personally, I hope the U.S. captain does something even nuttier, like taking Jack Nicklaus or Michelle Wie or someone who plays more golf than both of them, President Obama. Then again, if Pavin wants a clutch putter, it'll be hard to overlook this stud.

Tiger could face an awkward first: a big tournament, but no invite
Should Tiger Woods play lackluster golf at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship and fail to advance to the third round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, he will face yet another uncomfortable quandary in a year full of them. For the first time in his illustrious career, he will be on the outside of a Tour event looking in, notes the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan:   

The question was asked: Has he ever been healthy, ready to go, eager to participate, and yet denied an opportunity to play in a golf tournament?

“Not that I can recall, no,’’ he replied. “You’d have to do your research on that one.’’

Even as an amateur?

“Do your research,’’ he said. “I don’t know.’’

I’m not buying that, and neither should you. Tiger knows. He is his own personal historian. Go ahead. Ask him what club he used for his second shot on the third hole of the 1999 PGA at Medinah, or how long the lag putt was on the first hole in the 2005 Open at St. Andrews. He’ll know.

So the answer to the question is n-o, no. Playing for his competitive life on a week-to-week basis is an entirely new experience.

In other words, Round 3 at Cog Hill could feel a little like the NCAA tournament with no Tar Heels or baseball's playoffs without the Yankees. Odd. Buzz-less. Hollow even. It's an unlikely scenario, but in a season full of those, it would be an apt conclusion. Right, Louis Oosthuizen?     

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