Tiger Woods splits from swing coach Chris Como before 2018 comeback

Guardian sport
The Guardian
  • ‘I think it’s best for me to continue to do this on my own,’ says American

  • Woods worked with Como for three injury-plagued years together

<span class="element-image__caption"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/pga/players/147/" data-ylk="slk:Tiger Woods">Tiger Woods</a> tees off at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. </span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/players/dante/" data-ylk="slk:Dante">Dante</a> Carrer/AP</span>
Tiger Woods tees off at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December. Photograph: Dante Carrer/AP

As he prepares for his latest comeback, Tiger Woods revealed on Friday that he has split with swing coach Chris Como.

Woods wrote on Twitter: “Since my fusion surgery I’ve been working hard to relearn my own body and golf swing. I’ve done this by primarily relying on my feel and previous years of hard work with Chris.

“For now, I think it’s best for me to continue to do this on my own. I’m grateful to Chris Como for his past work, and I have nothing but respect for him.”

Earlier this month, Woods, 41, declared his intention to play regularly in 2018 after completing his first tournament in 12 months, at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Como, who began working with Woods in November 2014, said in a statement to GolfChannel.com: “Tiger’s electrifying play at the Hero World Challenge was the by-product of a lot of hard work over the last few years while fighting through injury and pain. As a result, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for 2018.

“When our professional relationship began, I was asked to help Tiger utilize his own instincts and feel while playing pain free. I think we’ve accomplished that and I’m proud of the results.

“Tiger is ready to have an incredible next run in his career. I’m eager to watch what will be one of the most exciting sports comebacks of all time. I will continue to be a close friend and resource to him and am extremely excited about Tiger’s future, the golf industry and for the fans of golf.”

What to Read Next