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O’Hair decides to leave swing coach Foley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Sean O'Hair not only is looking for his game, he’s now looking for a new swing coach.
O’Hair, who has missed his past five cuts and has not finished among the top 20 all year, has decided to split with Sean Foley after a relationship that began nearly three years ago in the Canadian Open.
During their time together, O'Hair won the Quail Hollow Championship and played in the Presidents Cup. But whatever had been going right started going very wrong this year, and it was time for a change.
“He hasn’t been happy with how this year has gone, and he feels he needs to make a change in direction with his instruction,” Foley said Tuesday. “We had a good run up until the 2011 season. Sean is a good friend of mine. I love the kid. But this is business. I don’t look at it from an emotional standpoint but a rationale standpoint.
“He has to do what’s good for his career,” Foley said. “He’ll have my complete support, and I’ll always cheer for him.”
Foley more famously began working with Tiger Woods in August, and his stable includes Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Stephen Ames. For O'Hair, it was not an issue of time with the coach as much as it was wanting to change.
“What worked so well for so long … you keep doing the same thing and it doesn’t work as well,” Foley said. “It’s like in the NBA. You win a championship one year, two years later the coach gets fired for having a losing record. That’s the business.”
Beman was the architect for the PGA Tour business model, serving as commissioner from 20 years starting in 1974. Under his leadership, nearly all PGA Tour events devoted themselves to charity efforts.
“During my years as commissioner of the PGA Tour, I always pointed to the HP Byron Nelson Championship as the event other sponsors should use as a model in their own communities,” Beman said. “Byron Nelson was always held up as the gentleman and golfer who should be emulated by our members. For me, there is no greater honor than receiving a prize which bears his name.”
Beman will be honored May 24 at the opening ceremony of the Byron Nelson Championship. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which operates the tournament, donates $100,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. Beman has selected The Duvall Home in Florida, which provides residential and day training to those with developmental disabilities.
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