Mahan Goes To Bat For Foley

Hunter Mahan defended Sean Foley against critics blaming the coach for Tiger Woods injury struggles. (Kevin Liles, USA Today Sports/Action Images)
Hunter Mahan defended Sean Foley against critics blaming the coach for Tiger Woods injury struggles. (Kevin Liles, USA Today Sports/Action Images)

Hunter Mahan has been working with swing coach Sean Foley since 2007 and he has been an interested observer as criticism has been heaped upon Foley in regard to his work with Tiger Woods.

To some, Foley is more responsible for Woods’ struggles in the past year than the back issues that have sidelined him twice.


Mahan came to Foley’s defense this week and didn’t mince any words.

“It’s comical and most likely are people that have no idea who Sean Foley is and what he’s doing and obviously no one knows Tiger so you’re not going to get anything there,” Mahan said. “Most of the people haven’t made any sort of effort to get to know Sean and understand what he’s trying to do. Because I know there’s numerous guys and analysts who have made efforts to call Foley and e mail him, ‘What are you guys working on?’ to kind of understand what they are doing and what he’s trying to do. … Most people that talk about it, don’t have any understanding of what’s going on.

“I hear them and I see their background and it’s like, well, you don’t even deserve it because you don’t even know anything. It’s comical the power some people have without doing any sort of homework.

“It frustrates me and kind of angers me a little bit. But you know, that’s the world we live in and that’s just kind of the way things are, and Foley is better for it because he can handle a guy like Tiger – a lot comes with that and I think he’s done a pretty good job of containing himself and not letting it bother him. He just does his job every day and does it better than anyone.”

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