Woods has had a number of high-profile coaches down the years including Butch Harmon and Hank Haney
Who Coaches Tiger Woods?
Returning to competitive golf earlier this year, Tiger Woods was not expected to make the Ryder Cup side which was why Jim Furyk selected him as a vice-captain. However due to his sublime play, including a win at the Tour Championship, and a 2nd place at the PGA Championship, Woods played himself onto the team after Furyk selected him as one of his four wildcard picks.
Woods has famously had a number of high profile coaches down the years including Butch Harmon and Hank Haney, but who coaches him now?
Well, the 14-time major winner currently isn’t officially coached by anyone and hasn’t been since his most recent comeback this year.
That’s because he split with his most recent coach Chris Como in December 2017.
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Here we take a look at who has coached Tiger Woods through his 20+ year career…
Who Coaches Tiger Woods? – Previous coaches
Chris Como 2014 – 2017
Woods began working with Como in 2014 although he struggled with his health and injuries so could never really get the results that perhaps their partnership could have yielded.
In 2014 Woods’ best finish on the PGA Tour was T25th and his best finish in 2015 was a T10 at the Wyndham Championship. That was his final event before a 15-month layoff for more surgery on his back.
The pair stopped working together in 2017 and Woods officially announced the split in December 2017.
“Since my 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. 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.”
The split was very amicable, with Como telling Golf.com that he will continue to be a “close friend and resource” to Woods and that he is looking forward watching “what will be one of the most exciting sports comebacks of all time.”
Como has since got the job of director of instruction at the Dallas National Golf Club which is the home course of three-time major winner Jordan Spieth. He had previously worked at Gleneagles Country Club, also in Texas.
Some were critical of Como due to him being far too technical for Woods. Como has a Masters degree in Biomechanics and one anonymous caddie told the New York Daily News that he is “way worse than [Sean Foley], way too technical.”
Other Tour Pros he has coached include Trevor Immelman, Jamie Lovemark and Aaron Baddeley.
He was reported to charge $1,500 for half-day lessons in his role at Gleneagles Country Club.
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Sean Foley 2010 – 2014
Woods and Foley began working together in 2010 at the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Foley was credited with increasing Woods’ distance as well as turning him into a fade-bias player.
Woods won nine times with Foley as his coach – once at the 2011 World Challenge plus three times in 2012 and five times in 2013, which included him returning to the world number one position.
2013 also saw him win on the PGA Tour for the final time at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He hasn’t won since.
The pair split in August 2014 after Woods sustained an injury.
“With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship,” Woods said.
Foley described working with Woods as “one of the highlights of my career so far.”
He said, “It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful of the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but admiration and respect for him.”
Hank Haney 2004 – 2010
Hank Haney and Woods had a six year spell together which saw Tiger’s swing become flatter with less wrist cock than in his Butch Harmon days.
Haney is from the Dallas, Texas area and had also worked with two-time major winner Mark O’Meara.
Woods won six majors with Haney, making Haney his second-most successful coach.
He also won 31 PGA Tour titles in that spell.
The pair parted ways as Haney officially resigned at the 2010 Players Championship.
He then infamously released a tell-all book titled ‘The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods’ and was criticised by some for releasing confidential information that went against the player-coach code.
Butch Harmon 1993 – 2004
Butch Harmon is largely considered as the best golf coach in the world and was with Woods for 11 years.
Butch is a former pro and son of the 1948 Masters winner Claude Harmon Sr.
His son Claude is also an instructor and, like his father, works for Sky Sports.
Woods played had his best results under Butch Harmon, winning three US Amateur titles in a row as an amateur and then eight majors as a pro which included the Tiger Slam in 2000 and 2001 where he owned all four major trophies simultaneously.
He also won 34 PGA Tour titles under Harmon.
He has also taught Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Greg Norman.
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