Tiger Woods has ended his working relationship with his swing coach Chris Como who has been with him since his disastrous 2014 season when an on-going back injury limited him to just seven PGA Tour starts, two of which saw him miss the cut.
The 42-year-old former long-time World No 1 who, in his first return event in almost a year following back surgery, finished in a respectable 9th place in the elite 18-man field that contested the Hero World Challenge three weeks ago, said on Twitter this week that he had decided to go it alone.
He will be without a coach when he sets out early next year to get himself back on the glory track that earned him 14 majors before his career was severely disrupted by personal problems and a string of injuries a little over half-a-dozen years ago.
"Since my (back) fusion surgery I have 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 (Como)," Woods said.
"For now, I think it's best for me to continue to do this on my own. I'm grateful to Chris for his past work, and I have nothing but respect for him."
Woods, who showed no sign of any pain at the Hero World Challenge and hit the ball better than he has in years, began his career with the famed Butch Harmon as his coach but after some stunning seasons, unexpectedly switched to Hank Haney in 2004 and then to Sean Foley in 2010.
Como said in a statement to Golf Channel, "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."
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