Tiger Woods' former swing coach Sean Foley doesn't have bad things to say about his former student. In fact, he has come to the former world No. 1's defense in speaking out against a parody interview written by sportswriting legend Dan Jenkins in the December issue of Golf Digest.
In an interview with Rick Young of Score Golf in Canada, 40-year-old Foley dissed the Jenkins piece as not only inaccurate of the true Woods but indicative of what he feels is a writer past his prime.
“It’s a classless article, and I didn’t even think it was funny," Foley said. "I used to read Dan Jenkins’ stuff. He’s a brilliant writer and a Hall of Famer but maybe its time for him to move on. If he does this in 2010 at least it’s timelier, but it’s the end of 2014. It’s obvious to everyone Tiger’s never given you an interview and everyone in golf history before him has. That’s Tiger’s prerogative. It seemed personal. Jenkins is a beautiful writer, a legend in this game, but what good does this article do? I mean really, what purpose is it?”
In particular, Foley was peeved Woods was docked by Jenkins for perceived financial stinginess but not credited for the work of his foundation, which is primary beneficiary of this week's Hero World Challenge, where Woods makes his competitive return under the eye of new swing "consultant" Chris Como.
“They can talk about how he doesn’t tip or whatever but it’s just more bullshit. I’ve seen him tip caddies at local clubs $400 so I don’t know where that comes from,” he said. “Seriously, saying he doesn’t tip? How come he doesn’t mention Tiger raising $300 million for kids?"
Foley understands Woods, and anyone associated with him, is in an almost no-win situation. With that in mind, he asked a very poignant question: "Can you even imagine what the fallout would be if it was him and not (Phil) Mickelson who called out Tom Watson at the Ryder Cup?”