We start with Tiger Woods and the reports that he has split with his swing coach Sean Foley. Foley helped Tiger on his way to winning 8 PGA Tour tournaments over the past 4 years but has failed to help him add to his Major count. The partnership had to endure Woods’ list of recent injuries including problems with his knee, Achilles tendon, elbow and back. In a statement on his website, Tiger said:
GFX – “I’d like to thank Sean for help as my coach and for his friendship. This is the right time to end our professional relationship.” Things still look bright for Foley, though, with a large stable of clients that include the likes of Justin Rose, and recent winner of The Barclays, Hunter Mahan. Mahan produced a back 9 charge to secure a 2 shot victory in New Jersey, and put himself in contention for the US Ryder cup team. Elsewhere in the field: Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day finished in a tie for 2nd, whilst Ernie Els, William McGirt and Matt Kuchar were a stroke further back.
And finally, Welshman Jamie Donaldson guaranteed his Ryder Cup place this weekend as he stormed to victory in Prague at the D+D Real Czech Masters. The 38-year-old needed a top 7 finish to seal a rookie appearance in the European team for next month's clash at Gleneagles - and he was delighted to have finally secured his spot:
Jamie Donaldson: "yes it's great. I knew I had to play well. I had my target of playing well these two weeks a certain amount to secure my place but then I got into just trying to win the tournaments. You can't just push to the amount of money needed to secure a place it's another golf tournament that you are contending to try and win. I'd had quite a few runner up places in the Ryder Cup season so it was a case of knuckling down and keep pushing for that win. That's what I did and that's what I've done."
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