April 20, 2012- Sean Foley, the swing coach for former World no. 1 Tiger Woods, says the criticism of the player is unfair. Foley said critics are getting out of hand with their criticism. He was speaking on a radio talk show and admitted how important Woods was for the sport of golf but tearing Tiger apart as a golfer and person has become too much.
Since 1996 when Tiger turned pro, he has been under the spotlight and scrutiny more than any of the other golfers on tour, said Foley. That year Woods won twice in only seven starts at the age of 20. The criticism of Woods has increased over the past two years since his personal affairs came under the spotlight in 2009.
Two weeks ago, at the Master, Woods finished 40th, yet the majority of the attention towards the player was about his kicking of his club when he took an errant tee shot on the 16th hole in Friday’s second round.
Woods has started to put his game back together and won at Bay Hill in March. It was his first victory on tour since his personal life was rocked by the extramarital affairs that came to light in late 2009.
Foley says he understands that reporters need to write stories, but he feels more should be written to lift up a man like Woods than tear him down. He says everyone in the golfing world is better off by far because of Tiger.