Begay details how Woods teamed up with Como

By Ryan LavnerDecember 3, 2014, 12:34 am

Tiger Woods was first introduced to Chris Como during Notah Begay III’s charity event in late August. Woods was two weeks removed from another painful missed cut at the PGA Championship, and only a few days from splitting with his swing coach of four years, Sean Foley.

But during Woods’ initial conversation with the little-known Como, “I knew that things were going to go well when within the first five or 10 minutes, they were already talking about certain philosophies or ideas that each one of them had,” Begay said Tuesday on “Golf Central”.

“And in that particular instance, Chris was doing more listening than talking, and I felt like that was a step in the right direction because Tiger had a preconceived notion on what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. He just needed to find the right component to build something that hopefully will perform for him.”

Less than two months later, Woods took to social media to announce that Como was “consulting and working with me on my swing.”

Woods has worked with three swing coaches since he turned professional in 1996, and he’s won with all three. Whether this current arrangement will be different than his work with Butch Harmon or Hank Haney or Foley matters little, Begay said.

“It’s all semantics at a certain point,” he said. “Every player needs to have somebody that they trust to take a look at their swing. There’s so much at stake. ... They need to have somebody there that can give them some honest and objective feedback.”

And that’s exactly what Begay did in the days and weeks following the PGA, when Woods announced that he was withdrawing from Ryder Cup consideration and shutting it down until his Hero World Challenge, which begins Thursday at Isleworth.

A close friend of Woods’ for nearly 30 years, Begay said that it was time for the former world No. 1 to “take ownership over his own golf swing.”

“My job was not necessarily to provide answers,” Begay said, “but to ask more informed questions. What did he want his swing to look like? What was most important to him? How do we get rid of this (back) pain? He really started to formulate ideas on what he felt needed to happen.” 

Swing changes take time to implement, and not even Woods knows what to expect when he returns to competition this week for the first time in four months.

“I felt like (Como) he was the right person at this particular point in Tiger’s career to be able to not provide solutions, but to have relevant discussions with Tiger,” said Begay, who first met the Dallas-based Como in 2008. “Tiger ultimately is the one making the final decisions on these certain mechanical changes that need to be made. 

“But Chris is a sounding board, I’ve been a sounding board at times, and we’re all in this together to try and provide (Woods) with the best feedback possible.” 

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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