Sean O’Hair, who has missed five consecutive cuts, decided to call it quits with his swing coach of nearly three years, Sean Foley, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. During his time with Foley, O’Hair won the ’09 Quail Hollow Championship and played in the Presidents Cup, but things evidently went awry this season. In ten starts, he’s seen weekend play only four times with his best finish coming at the Honda Classic where he T21. After firing veteran caddie Paul Tesori at the end of last season, and recently parting ways with caddie Brennan Little, O’Hair cleaned house and called it quits with Foley.
Via the AP story:
“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.”
Indeed. It’s nothing personal. This is the way it goes in all pro sports.
On Monday night Sean O’Hair, who was seen on the grounds Tuesday, withdrew from this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. As Rob Bolton noted (via Ryan Ballengee), O’Hair rarely pulls out of a tournament after committing — the last occurrence happened nearly two years ago when he withdrew due to an injury to his forearm prior to the second round of The Memorial.
And then he shows up at Quail Hollow only to take himself out of an event he won in ’09. Interesting, no? O’Hair did not provide a reason. A spokesperson from IMG, the management agency that represents O’Hair, told this site via email, the W/D was due to “personal reasons.”