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Westwood turns to Tiger's coach

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Lee Westwood feels he is hitting the ball further since working with Sean Foley © PA Photos
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Lee Westwood has turned to Tiger Woods' coach Sean Foley for help as he attempts to get his career back on track.

Westwood split from his long-time coach Pete Cowan last summer and has been working on his own over the course of the past year. The former world No. 1 felt his game had gone off the boil in recent months and approached Foley for help.

They have been working together for only a short period of time, but 40-year-old Westwood feels the early signs are positive and he will head into this week's Open Championship at Muirfield in a positive frame of mind.

"The idea of linking up with Sean was to get back to swinging the way I used to," Westwood said. "I finished with Pete Cowen last August and after so long without a coach I felt I was getting a bit out of synch.

"So, a couple of weeks ago we had a five-hour session that went really well.

"We spent most of the time working on my posture and my position at address and I feel like I'm hitting the ball a lot better. I'm definitely hitting it a lot further."

Westwood feels Foley's method of keeping things simple will benefit him.

"I've spoken to him before, just on a casual basis, and I found what he had to say was pretty simple to follow," he said. "That really appealed to me. I don't want to get overloaded with gimmicky stuff.

"When you look at what Sean has achieved with Tiger and Justin, plus the likes of Hunter Mahan, you've got to say he is in the top drawer as a coach."

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