A healthy Tiger talks about swing coach Chris Como and 2014 woes

You make $100,000 in a year, you’re probably taking a nice vacation. Tiger Woods makes $100,000 in a season, he’s not a happy camper.

Woods, who battled injuries throughout the 2014 PGA season, participated in just seven tournaments on the TOUR during the calendar year. He missed two cuts, was forced to withdraw from another tournament, and registered a grand total of zero top-10 finishes.

2014 is in the rear-view mirror for Woods, though, as the 14-time major champion is healthy following months of rehab, he explained to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio Monday. His rehab partner? Lindsey Vonn.

“I’m gonna have to say I’m stronger than she is, just as a male ego view,” Woods joked to John Maginnes and Brian Katrek. “She’s racing this week, her first race back since last year and her surgery. And this is my first tournament back since the PGA [Championship]. I have to say, this has not been an exciting recovery period for either one of us. But there are some hard days in there when you just have to grind it out and get through the gym session, and we both have helped each other out there that entire process.”

The tournament to which Tiger referred is the Hero World Challenge, one of Woods’ own tournaments. This year’s tournament, taking place at Isleworth Golf & Country Club, features a deep field, including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker. In order to compete with the Spieths, Fowlers and Strickers of the TOUR this weekend and in to 2014, Woods explained that he’ll need to restart the vigorous practice regiment he followed prior to the 2013 season.

“I’m excited that I have this much time off to obviously heal and get stronger and get my game in order for next year. I went through a period there for the last year, year and a half, where I didn’t really practice that much,” Woods said. “And to be honest with you, I won some tournaments in 2013 where I wasn’t prepared, but I just knew the venues, or I knew how to get around. But I hadn’t practiced nearly enough as I like to, or I’m accustomed to, and eventually, it showed this year. I just couldn’t get away with it anymore. … I can finally log in the time, log in the minutes and really delve into a good practice session.”

Part of staying healthy for Woods will be tweaking his swing, which has arguably contributed to his knee and back injury history. To work on that, Woods announced via Twitter on Nov. 22 that he is working with a new swing coach, Chris Como.

Woods said he met Como through Notah Begay, an old friend of both Woods’ and Como’s.

“He knows my game inside out,” Woods said of Begay. “He had done some research, some stats and some other varying things about my game … and [Begay] thought [Como] would be a pretty good fit for me.

“I met with Chris and talked about some of his viewpoints,” Woods continued. “I had a vision of where my golf swing, where I wanted to take it, and he was very aligned with that, which was fantastic. He’s been a really nice sounding board. As I said, it all started with Notah, and his feedback. He just didn’t want to see me get hurt anymore.”

Throughout the interview, Woods also spoke about the new sponsor of the Hero World Challenge, the other event Woods is intending while in Florida, the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs, and his position as part of the Team USA Ryder Cup task force. Listen to Katrek and Maginnes’ full interview with Woods below, or with SiriusXM On Demand.

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