I wonder when someone is finally going to call BS on Sean Foley.
I’ve interviewed Foley plenty of times over the last year — he’s engaging, talks a mile-a-minute and is frank to the point of being painful occasionally. He’s rarely careful about what he says and that’s what makes him a fascinating interview, at least when he’s not off on some biometrics speak that few understand.
Since taking on Tiger Woods as a client last year, Foley has been at the center of a storm, especially since Woods has now gone 18 months without a win anywhere, all the while overhauling his swing. In the meantime, Foley has lost one of his prized “guys” in Sean O’Hair, who dumped him last week after fumbling his way through a series of missed cuts. This is the same Sean O’Hair who, only a year ago, was in the “Sean Foley changed my life camp.”
Along the way, Foley has said repeatedly that he doesn’t care what his critics say:
I couldn’t explain how little I care. I absolutely don’t care. And if people think I’m brilliant, I don’t care about that either. I’m more focused on how I feel about myself than how others feel about me. If it were my Mom or my Dad or my wife or my brother, well they have earned the right to say something about me because they know what makes me tick. Everyone else has some sort of agenda.
I didn’t believe him before his latest spat — blowing off Bubba Watson on an Irish radio show after the big hitter questioned Woods’ decision to rework his swing yet again. After all, if you don’t care what your critics say, why bother memorizing Brandel Chamblee’s playing record just so you can use it to put him down?
Foley on Chamblee:
“When did (Golf Channel analyst) Brandel Chamblee and (NBC’s) Johnny Miller and guys like that forget how hard golf is when you have conflict and you don’t have clarity?
“Brandel Chamblee made 180 out of 398 cuts on the PGA Tour (in his playing days). Like, when did this become so easy for him? That’s like 43 per cent. You’re talking about a guy (Woods) who’s missed six cuts in his life. It’s just sensational. That’s what they do.”
If you don’t care, how can you possibly know how many cuts Chamblee made in his career? That’s called preparation — being geared up to fire back at your critics.
Foley would look far better if he simply didn’t respond. If he’s so sure that he’s right — and that Woods is doing the right thing — than why respond to Watson’s remarks, which seemed kind of harmless to me. In Watson’s experience, he felt Woods wasn’t hitting the ball as well as he had been in the past. What’s so shocking about that?
Beyond that, Foley seems to suggest that only people with as many wins as Tiger — maybe Jack Nicklaus — have the insight to comment on Woods. I guess, in turn, that would sort of eliminate Foley, and all the coaches who have worked with Woods in the past. After all, how many wins does Foley have? Exactly.
“He has the right to his own opinion but you probably shouldn’t make comments about a guy who has won 69 more times than you and you are virtually the same age,” Foley told a radio station in Dublin. “You know what I mean?”
Foley also believed the comments were more about Watson than Woods.
“Let the guy do what he’s doing and you do what you’re doing and it will be fine,” Foley said. “There is absolutely zero need for him to make that comment. But you know, Bubba loves the camera anyway so, I mean, whatever.”
I’m not sure it is just Bubba that loves to hear himself talk or see himself on TV…