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During a pre-tournament Players Championship press conference on Tuesday, Chamblee was asked what kind of advice he'd give Woods after two rough starts at the Masters and Wells Fargo Championship.
Never one to pass on a chance to analyze Woods' game, Chamblee made it abundantly clear that if the 14-time major winner wants to get back to the winner's circle on a consistent basis, he needs to drop Sean Foley and go back to former swing coach Butch Harmon.
"He needs to fire Sean [Foley], call Butch [Harmon]," Chamblee said. "I think that would get it done right there."
Woods, who is coming off only the eighth missed cut of his career, is less than two months removed from his first official win in more than two years. But as seems to be the case when it comes to his game, a couple poor tournaments usually brings everyone out of the woodwork to comment on the problem areas.
"I know he'll never [fire Foley], because he's letting his ego get in the way of common sense," said Chamblee. "He wants to prove to people he's right. He would rather prove to people he's right than be right.
"He's literally lost the art of the game, and I think Butch could help him."
Woods responded to Chamblee's comments by saying in his Tuesday press conference that, "Everyone has an opinion, and he's entitled to his. But he's no longer playing anymore, so, so be it."
I'm not sure why he had to add "he's no longer playing anymore, so, so be it," but it's pretty clear Woods isn't dropping Foley anytime soon. He's two years into completely reconstructing his swing, and even though the last couple of starts haven't exactly been positive, he isn't close to pressing the panic button.
"I think if you're a player, we've all gone through this," Woods said. "You're not going to play well every week."
I understand the fascination with going back to Butch, but Woods has never been the type of guy to let public opinions sway his decisions. If anything, he's gone against the flow his entire life. While the move may make sense to some, the odds of him going back to his former coach are about as good as one of us getting a Masters invite. Simply put, there's no way it's happening.
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