Sean Foley’s “No Win” Ryder Dilemma

Sean Foley (left) with European Ryder Cup player Justin Rose.
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Starting this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship Sean Foley, Tiger Woods’ swing architect, will be on site at the remaining FedEx Cup playoffs and through the Ryder Cup in late September.

Well, almost.


“I will come home from Medinah Saturday night,” Foley told Global Golf Post.

Here’s why:

Foley also works with Justin Rose, a member of the European Ryder Cup team. One of his other players, Hunter Mahan, is still hoping to be added to the U.S. roster as one of Davis Love III’s four captain’s picks.

All of which raises a potential conflict of coaching interest. Especially if Woods ends up paired against Rose in the Sunday singles at Medinah, the host course near Chicago.

“That’s why I won’t be there Sunday,” Foley said of the Ryder Cup’s closing day. “That’s a no-win situation.”

Foley said if Rose drew Woods in the singles, he wouldn’t even watch it on television. “I’d probably DVR it and look at their swings sometime later,” he said.

Foley will be at Medinah early in the week and available to help his players on either team through Saturday. He doesn’t see a conflict in that.

“I’m a Canadian, a lot of people don’t know that,” he said. “I’m sure there will be a lot of heckling back and forth between my guys. That will be fun.”

But apparently the sheer weight of a Ryder Cup Sunday is a different story.

“I’m gone,” he said, reiterating that he will depart Saturday even if Rose and Woods (or Mahan) don’t go head to head.

Meanwhile, Foley was relieved to hear there will be a one-week break after the first three FedEx Cup playoff events and before The Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup.

“My wife will be happy to hear that,” said Foley, the father of two young boys.”

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