Tiger Woods AXES coach as he plots 2018 Masters return

Tiger Woods has recently recovered from surgery on his lower back which has kept him out for the best part of two years.

But the American thoroughly impressed when he returned for the Hero World Challenge last month.

The former world champion finished ninth in an 18-man field and many pundits have since backed him to get back to his dazzling best.

In a bid to replicate his form of yesteryear, and in hope of making the Masters in April, Woods has axed Como.

The pair had been working together since November 2014 but Woods released a statement confirming they had now parted company.

“Since my fusion surgery I have been working hard to relearn my own body and golf swing,” Woods wrote.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Como released his own statement via golfchannel.com.

Como said: “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 utilise 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.”

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