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Monday morning broke quiet across golf's circles.

Then Tiger Woods split with his swing coach of the past four years, Sean Foley, announcing the separation on his website and triggering heightened clamor from all directions.

The move was amicable given the words of praise each heaped on the other, but one glaring question remained.

What will Tiger do next?

For now, the main focus is to get his troublesome back in order.

Bothered by his back for two years, the former world No. 1 was forced to shut it down for four months after having surgery March 31. He's played just seven events in 2014, completing four rounds just twice.

After aggravating the back in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Woods was in visible pain while missing the cut at the PGA Championship the following week.

Three days later he pulled out of consideration for the Ryder Cup and announced he would not play again – his back willing, that is – until December in the World Challenge that benefits his foundation.

When he does return, will he have only caddie Joey LaCava by his side or will another pair of trusted eyes be watching his every move during his every swing? Upon the news of Foley's departure from the camp, chatter commenced immediately as to Woods' next move.

Does he dial 1-800-Butch and reunite with Butch Harmon, who was his coach from 1993-2003 before egos clashed, a time in which Woods won 8 of his 14 majors and 39 of his 79 PGA Tour titles?

The book seems closed on Hank Haney, who was paired with Woods from 2004-10 when Woods won six majors and 32 titles. Following their breakup Haney penned The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods and it certainly is not resting on Woods' book shelves.

Perhaps his fourth coach during his professional career comes out of a batch that includes David Leadbetter, Chuck Cook, Rick Smith or Todd Anderson.

Or Woods just looks into a mirror to find his new coach and goes it alone and plays by feel instead of getting caught up in a paint-by-numbers trap where he's thinking about elbow position or right hip placement instead of impact and target.

Once the owner of the most powerful and natural swing on the planet, he hasn't looked comfortable or reliable for some time.

And no one knows his swing – or what it does to his body – more than Woods. He could dig the answers out of the dirt, as they say.

Woods, winless in the majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, said there is no timetable he'll follow for a new coach.

But if the time does arrive and a new coach is brought on board, that coach will face a variety of issues, including Woods' reconstructed left knee and nimble back. Plus Woods turns 39 in December. And then there will be the harsh spotlight.

Intense scrutiny will come with the job, for no other golf coach is ever placed under the microscope like the coach of Tiger Woods.

When world No. 1 Rory McIlroy was struggling at times the past three years, his coach, Michael Bannon, didn't come under fire. Phil Mickelson hasn't won this year but Harmon hasn't been criticized.

But Foley, who was first seen working with Woods at the 2010 PGA Championship, was increasingly coming under attack by critics, who charged his teachings were causing Woods' back problems and his retreating length off the tee when using driver.

Even when Woods won five times in 2013 and was voted by his peers the PGA Tour Player of the Year for a record 11th time, Foley was decried.

It's not an easy job. And we likely won't know what Woods will do on the coaching side until December.

Or maybe not until the 2015 Masters, when Woods will drive down Magnolia Lane nearly seven years removed from his last major title. But there won't be any shortage of chatter and opinions on the matter until then. We're talking Tiger Woods after all.

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