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Tiger Woods announces split with swing coach Chris Como

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The last we saw from Tiger Woods in competition, he finished T9 at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, where his swing looked compact but strong, often hitting 179-180 mph ball speed with the driver. But it seems he was not working with swing coach Chris Como, with whom he’s worked with since November 2015.

Woods confirmed via Twitter on Friday that he has officially split with swing coach Chris Como, saying that he is going to “do this on my own” going forward. Woods also says that during his recent comeback, he has been “primarily relying on my feel and previous years of hard work with Chris,” likely meaning that he hasn’t worked with Como since his spinal fusion surgery.

Here’s Tiger’s announcement via Twitter:

 

We’ve seen many renditions of a Tiger Woods swing while on Tour; Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, Sean Foley and Chris Como have all shaped Tiger’s swing in different ways. Are we now entering into the “Tiger Woods” version of a Tiger Woods swing? If not, who do you think Tiger will enlist as his next swing coach?

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Dec 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Duh…….it was clear he had not been working on that swinging left GARBAGE…..nice to see him start covering it again. As long as he keeps working on the right things he will get better and better, it has always been simple to fix.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. Paul Shirley

    Dec 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    tiger is a great golfer and does not need anyone to teach him a new swing , i think any pro that has had 4-5 teachers changing his swing would be a basket case and would get hurt .

    tiger is not done and i think he will win a major this year .

  3. The Antihipster Hippie

    Dec 24, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Well, there’s no doubt his swing looked the most athletic it has in years at the Hero. If he keeps playing golf instead of swing I think he’s got a lot of wins left in him. I’m not a particular fan, but I sure would like to see him close out his PGA career on a higher note!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Science conquers all all all… cause feel is not real real real… and Tiger is all feel feel feel …. swinging with abandon

      • Happy Gilmore

        Dec 24, 2017 at 2:24 am

        You must be on even better drugs than Tiger was. Go to sleep.

        • peter

          Dec 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

          …. and for you Tiger IS golf… and HE is your drug high. gth.

      • Boyo

        Dec 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

        DB’s will be DB’s.

  4. Keith L Berry

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Thank God, Tiger is the best feel Golfer on the planet.
    All of those swing coaches helped take away that core feeling you get when it’s just you and you alone hitting the golf ball.
    Maybe he will get that famous touch he had back around the greens.
    Watch Out if that happens!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Hit hit hit the ball,
      That’s all all all!
      Swing da club club club,
      An’ don’ flub flub flub!
      Golf is easy easy easy,
      An’ breezy breezy breezy!!
      Tiger Tiger Tiger,
      The driver driver driver!

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Woods knows a ton about the golf swing and of course knows how to swing a club. Getting less technical and more feel based may be best. Looks like the last few years he was playing golf swing instead of playing golf. It will be interesting to watch.

    • roger

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yup… Tiger is a feel-based sorta guy … golf, children, women, golf …..

  6. LarryG

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Brian Manzella would fix Tiger’s swing once and for all … with help from Zick and Sasho too …!
    Brian would overhaul Tiger’s Alpha, Beta and Gamma swing torques and other miscellaneous forces that reside in the hand paths.

    • Boyo

      Dec 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Everybody talking about how to fix a guy that has won %25 of every tournament he has ever entered.

  7. CB

    Dec 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    wth! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  8. HennyBogan67

    Dec 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This is the best news I’ve heard in 10 years. Tiger knows how to hit it as well as anyone in the last 25 years. I kept saying he should stuff his ears with cotton and hit balls until his hands bleed. This guy has a better swing than anyone out there if he just lets go. May the Force be with him!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:43 am

      He was great until he joined the Dark Side…. and slid slid slid into the murky waters of pain and confusion … ah such is life …..!!!

  9. Dat

    Dec 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Good move! Tiger can do it on his own now, I believe it is for the best.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

      There’s a big difference between a young and old tiger in the golf jungles. It’s the younger tigers who vanquishes the old tigers to advance the golfing species.

  10. Don

    Dec 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Well it’s about time. The tinkerer wasn’t really going to listen to anyone anyways. I believe Butch said he should be doing this well.

    Let’s all look forward to seeing what a Tiger endorsed Tiger swing looks like.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:35 am

      Tiger believes he can resurrect his golf swing by feeling his way through the kinetics and kinematics because feeling and love conquers all.

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It’s the Ardmore! Woods begins Quicken Loans National with TaylorMade putter in the bag

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If you had a bet going with your buddies that there was no way Tiger Woods would depart from his beloved 13 major-winning Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS this week, you lose.

Woods started the first round of the Quicken Loans National with the TaylorMade Ardmore 3 he has been practicing all week with at TPC Potomac.

Adam Schupak spotted Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, on the way to the first tee for Woods’ 1:20 ET start time with the camo TaylorMade putter cover in the bag (not surprisingly, the TaylorMade Ardmore 3 was beneath the cover).

Woods has struggled with the putter this season, as we’re all well aware, particularly since the Memorial. No. 89 on Tour in strokes gained: putting, the 14-time major champion knew he had to do something.

“I’m trying to find something that I can feel again, like the swing of the putter, getting my body in the right positions and seeing the lines again,” Woods said. “You know, it’s just one of those things, once I start to get the ball rolling on my lines, then I’ll be back to putting like I was. I just have not been rolling it on my lines. And then on top of that, when they don’t roll on lines, then I have a hard time seeing my lines and it’s a vicious cycle. And I’m just trying to get out of that cycle.”

Woods reportedly tried a number of TaylorMade putters in the Bahamas last week, arriving (as far as we know) at the Quicken Loans National with just the Ardmore and his Newport to choose between.

He has made his choice for the first round. We’ll see how it pans out and whether Woods remains a mallet man all week.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

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