Miami - Tiger Woods, the former world number one set to return to golf in
less than two weeks, said on Saturday that Chris Como is his new swing
Como, based in Texas, began working with Woods earlier this
month and became the fourth swing coach for the 14-time major winner
since the American turned professional in 1996.
"Happy to have
Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I'm excited to be
back competing," Woods tweeted in announcing the partnership.
who works out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, was named by
Golf Digest as one of the sport's best young teachers last year at age
35, telling 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
Among Como's prior pupils is Australian Aaron Baddeley.
replaces Sean Foley, a Canadian who was dropped by Woods last August.
They had worked together since 2010, including a 2013 season in which
Woods won five times and took PGA Player of the Year honors.
won eight major titles while under the guidance of Butch Harmon from
1996 to 2003 and six more working with Hank Haney from 2004 to 2010.
Begay, a friend of Woods who played alongside him at Stanford
University, introduced Woods and Como during his charity tournament.
we had several good conversations about the golf swing," Woods said in a
statement. "I've worked with him about a month since I started
practicing. Chris will consult and work with me during the year."
who turns 39 next month, is chasing five more major titles to pass the
record 18 career majors won by Jack Nicklaus. But no one beyond age 39
has won more than three major titles.
Woods, who has not won a
major title since the 2008 US Open, has made several revamps to the
swing motion that made him a historic figure in the sport as a result of
injuries to his knees and back that have taken a toll in the later
years of his career.
This year, Woods missed much of the season
after surgery in March to ease pressure on a bulging disc in his back.
He made a late-season comeback but suffered another back injury and has
not played competitively since missing the cut at the PGA Championship
Woods plans to play next in the Hero World Challenge on
December 4-7 at Isleworth near Orlando. The invitational event benefits
his charity foundation.