July 16 2013
Lee Westwood is 77th on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Lee Westwood has become the latest world-class player to work with swing instructor Sean Foley, according to The Telegraph. Westwood has been without a teacher since parting from instructor Pete Cowen in August.
“The idea of linking up with Sean was to get back to swinging the way I used to,” Westwood, 40, told The Telegraph. “After so long without a coach I felt I was getting a little bit out of synch. I sat down with Sean at the Memorial and I like his ideas, so he came down to my house at Old Palm a couple of weeks ago and we had a five-hour session that went really well.”
Foley also instructs Tiger Woods, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and five-time PGA TOUR winner Hunter Mahan.
“When you look at what Sean has achieved with Tiger and Justin, plus the likes of Hunter Mahan, you’ve got to say he is in the top drawer as a coach,” Westwood, a former No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, told The Telegraph. “He obviously knows his stuff.”
Foley isn’t the only new instructor for Westwood as he continues his quest for his first major. He also hired former Open Championship winner Ian Baker-Finch to address one of the weaker parts of his game, his putting.
Westwood, No. 57 in the FedExCup standings, has made the cut in 12 of 13 PGA TOUR starts in 2013, including eight top-25 finishes. He finished eighth at this year’s Masters and 15th at the U.S. Open.