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January 4 2012

7:30 PM

Woodland seeking new coach

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

After six years together, Gary Woodland and his swing coach Randy Smith have parted ways.

“I was very fortunate to work with Randy for six years,” Woodland said Wednesday from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a day after Smith dropped him. Earlier in the week Woodland announced that he’d left Hambric Sports Management, where he was represented by Smith’s son Blake, for Excel Sports Management. “He's been a big influence on my life. I wish him nothing but the best."

On Tuesday, Woodland told the Topeka Capital-Journal, “It’s a decision he felt like was best for him and his family, for us to part ways right now. I respect his decision and I look forward to the opportunities I have that are coming up.’’

Woodland and Randy Smith had worked together since 2005 when Woodland was a junior at Kansas.

The long-hitting Woodland, who won the Transitions Championship last year and ranked fifth on the PGA TOUR in driving distance, said he could name a new coach as early as two weeks.

"We have some people in mind,” Woodland said. “I want to sit down after this week. I want to play this week and get the year kicked off right and we'll sit after that."

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