Woods teams up with swing coach Como
TIGER Woods, who plans to return to competition in less than two weeks after a three-month absence, has announced that he is working with a new swing coach, Chris Como.
The American, who has been plagued by back issues and underwent back surgery in March, cut his ties with swing coach Sean Foley in August.
"Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I'm excited to be back competing," Woods said on his Twitter account (@TigerWoods).
The 14-time Major winner is expected to tee it up at the Hero World Challenge, his annual tournament benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation, starting next Thursday at Isleworth near Orlando, Florida.
Como was named by Golf Digest as one of the sport's best young teachers last year at age 35. He told the magazine he developed a curiosity about swing motions while growing up in California and that he worked with a Japanese couple who spoke little English, convincing him of the value of new teaching strategies.
He becomes the fourth coach to work with Woods, 38, since the latter turned professional in 1996.
Como has also worked with South African and former Masters champion Trevor Immelman, Australian Aaron Baddeley and American Jamie Lovemark.
Woods said he was introduced to Como this summer by four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay, his friend and former Stanford University teammate.
"We had several good conversations about the golf swing," Woods said. "I've worked with him about a month since I started practising. Chris will consult and work with me during the year."
After missing the cut at the PGA Championship following a back issue, Woods decided to lay off for several months and announced that he was parting with Foley, his coach of four years.
Woods played just eight times worldwide in a winless 2014 and, after surgery to alleviate a disc issue, missed the Masters and the US Open and finished 69th at the British Open.
The former world No. 1, who held the top spot in May, has slipped to 23 in the world rankings.
Woods teamed up with Foley in 2010 after Hank Haney ended his relationship with the player. During his time with Foley, Woods won eight US Tour events.
He failed to add a Major title and remains four wins behind Jack Nicklaus' Major record total of 18. His last Major win was the 2008 US Open.
Woods won eight Majors under the guidance of Butch Harmon from 1996 to 2003, and six more working with Haney from 2004 to 2010.
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