Woods working with new swing teacher Como

Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:25pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods, who plans to return to competition in less than two weeks after a three-month absence, said on Saturday that he is working with a new coach, Chris Como, on his swing.

Woods, who has been plagued by back issues and underwent back surgery in March, broke 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-times major winner is expected to tee it up at the Hero World Challenge, his annual tournament benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation starting on Dec. 4 at Isleworth near Orlando, Florida.

The Texas-based Como, 36, has also worked with South African 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 college teammate at Stanford.

"Subsequently 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."

After missing the cut at the PGA Championship following a back issue, Woods decided to shut down for several months and announced he was parting with Foley, his coach of four years.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. grimaces after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder