As our very own Emily Kay reported earlier this afternoon, Tiger Woods had himself one hell of a (bad) opening round at the 2012 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. After missing just his eighth-career cut last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a 2-over 74 in his next competitive round wasn't exactly what he -- or swing coach Sean Foley -- would call progress.
Nowadays it seems that whenever we discuss Foley and Woods, it usually is in the context of one defending the other. Does Sean really know what he's doing with Tiger? Does Tiger really grasp what Sean is trying to teach him?
Simply put, these are not questions you would suspect to exist for a golfer-instructor relationship that has spanned two years and has only included one official PGA Tour victory. At least, not for one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game.
At some point, the excuses and mutual defense will come to an end. There is likely no way Foley and Woods can continue working together if Woods' poor output on the course also continues. To do so would simply be living in denial for either man.
The only question at this point is, what will be the final straw to break the camel's -- or Tiger's -- back?