Westwood confirms Foley split

Lee Westwood has confirmed Sean Foley is no longer his coach, but he doesn’t expect to be without a mentor for too long.

The Englishman became the world number one in October 2010, but he won only two European Tour events after that and his loss in form has seen him drop down the rankings.

In an attempt to turn his fortunes around Westwood turned to Foley before the Open Championship in 2013 and he ended up finishing third at Muirfield after squandering a two-shot lead at the start of the final round.

However, that was as good as it got for him as he had only one further top-10 finish on the European Tour during the remainder of the 2013 campaign while he hasn’t started the 2014 season well, missing the cut at the Phoenix Open and finishing tied 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has decided it is time for change and has split with Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

“I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more. I didn’t feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn’t really fit what I wanted to do,” he told GolfWeek.

“I felt like I had the game that got me to world number one. And I was working on stuff that I didn’t work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before.”

Asked about finding a new coach, he replied: “I have things in the pipeline. Nobody has got any need to apply.”