November 22, 2014 - 1:32pm
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Chris Como
Golf.com
Chris Como has been tabbed to become Tiger Woods' newest swing consultant.

NAPLES, Fla. -- Tiger Woods has hired a swing consultant as he prepares to return to competition.

Woods announced Saturday on Twitter that Dallas-based Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics of the golf swing, will be working and consulting with him. Woods did not identify Como as his swing coach.

"Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I'm excited to be back competing," Woods said.

He is to return Dec. 4-7 at his Hero World Challenge, an 18-man field of top 50 players at Isleworth.

Not long after the tweet, Como's website was unavailable because it exceeded its bandwidth. He works at Gleneagles Country Club outside Dallas and was listed among the best young teachers by Golf Digest magazine last year.

The magazine said on its website that Como is completing a master's degree in biomechanics at Texas Woman's University. He is studying under Kwon Young-Hoo, an expert on how sports movements impact the body.

Woods said good friend Notah Begay introduced him to Como this summer.

"Subsequently, we had several good conservations 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."

Woods already has had three swing coaches and four swings during a career that already has brought him 14 majors among his 79 PGA Tour titles. He most recently worked with Sean Foley, whom he dismissed in August after three years and no majors. Woods last won a major in 2008 at the U.S. Open.

This is the first time in his career he failed to register a top-10 finish.

Woods missed most of the year with back issues. He had surgery on his back a week before the Masters, forcing him to sit out three months to recover. He last played in the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut, and then said he would take more time off to get stronger.

Como also works with Aaron Baddeley, Trevor Immelman and Jamie Lovemark.

Update: Como is Tiger's new swing consultant
Arnold Palmer
Montana Pritchard
World Golf Hall of Fame member and PGA member, Arnold Palmer, accepts the Deacon Palmer Award during the General Session of the 98th PGA Annual Meeting at The JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

What an emotional entrance for Arnold Palmer at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indanapolis Saturday.

The Hall of Famer and PGA member was here to accept the inaugural Deacon Palmer Award, bestowed posthumously upon Arnold's father and only coach. The award was accepted by Arnold Palmer.

But it was Arnold Palmer's entrance that created a stir. He was welcomed with a long standing ovation from this large crowd of PGA Professionals and PGA of America employees. Cell phones were raised to capture the unique moment, and the moment created more than a few misty eyes. The entrance was touching, and clearly humbled Arnold Palmer, a full two minutes of appreciation as Interim PGA President Derek Sprague escroted the legend to the stage for a fireside chat with Golf Channel's David Marr III.

 

 

 

Arnold Palmer, 85, described his youth and upbringing in the household led by a stern Deacon Palmer, a man who taught him his golf grip at a young age in his first lesson. Arnold grabbed the club, Deacon set the grip. "Now don't ever change it," Deacon Palmer told his son.

"Everything in my life, he taught me," said Arnold Palmer, both moved by his father's award and happy to have such an engaged forum to tell Deacon's story. Arnold Palmer also told the story of when his father learned Arnold wanted to play golf on tour. Deacon Palmer wasn't a fan of the idea.

Deacon Palmer looked over at the tractor, and said, "When you can't play, you can still drive that tractor."

Then, Arnold smiled, and admitted, "Well, luckily I never had to drive that tractor."

The Deacon Palmer Award bestows special recognition upon a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his/her life.

“I am most appreciative that the PGA has chosen to honor my father with this award,” Arnold Palmer said in a PGA of America release about the award.

After being stricken with polio as a child, Deacon Palmer developed a strong upper body. He walked with a limp, but that did not hinder his love and passion for golf. He loved to play with club members and developed his own strong and sturdy golf swing.

Deacon Palmer worked on the construction of Latrobe (Pennsylvania) Country Club as a teenager in 1920. He became grounds superintendent in 1926 and was named golf professional in 1932. Deacon Palmer was elected to PGA membership in 1946. He died in 1976 at age 71.

“Deacon Palmer was more than the father of a son who ascended to the pinnacle of golf,” said PGA of America Interim President Derek Sprague. “He became a shining example of the golf profession. In the spirit of this humble man from Western Pennsylvania, the PGA of America is extremely proud to establish the Deacon Palmer Award and to have Arnold Palmer accept on behalf of his late father.”

Arnold Palmer's warm welcome at PGA Annual Meeting
November 22, 2014 - 9:57am
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Henrik Stenson
European Tour
Henrik Stenson lines up for his second shot on the par-5 14th hole.

Our partners at the European Tour snapped this impressive highlight (watch below) of Henrik Stenson on the massive 626-yard par 5 at the DP World Championship in Dubai. You can really get a sense of the distance, which was reported at 270 yards. The heavy hitter, who averaged 300 yards in driving distance on the European Tour this year, crushed a 4-iron onto the green for a decent eagle chance. 

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Of course, decent eagle chance doesn't always equate to eagle, and Stenson settled for birdie here, en route to a 4-under 68 in the third round. The defending champion is tied with Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello, holding a three-shot lead over the field. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are among those chasing.

If he wins, Stenson will finish the 2014 European Tour season as runner-up to McIlroy in the Race to Dubai.

"To win would be very pleasing as I've had a solid year, but I haven't got a trophy yet," Stenson told the Associated Press. "There is still a lot of golf to play and Rafa, he's had a 64 and a 65, so he seems to be on fire."

Here's a look at that 4-iron:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Henrik Stenson's unreal 4-iron
Frank Esposito
Courtesy of the Champions Tour
PGA Professional Frank Esposito has earned two of the biggest victories of his career in a span of less than two weeks.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a golfer who's had a better nine days than PGA Professional Frank Epsosito Jr. About the only one who can come close is PGA Professional Jeff Coston.
 
On Friday, Esposito – the PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey – won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament, finishing with a 1-under 71 for an 11-under 277 total for a clear-cut four-shot victory at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla.
 
Grant Waite of New Zealand finished second, while Coston – the PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo Golf Resort in Blaine, Washington – tied for third with Jerry Smith. 
 
Another veteran tour player, Rod Spittle of Canada, finished fifth, and those five players all are fully exempt on the 2015 Champions Tour.
 
For the two PGA members, though, their success is even more impressive considering that their Champions Tour results mirror their finishes in last week's Senior PGA Professional National Championship – where Esposito, 51, won and Coston, 58, finished sixth on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
 
That gave them one whole day to celebrate, make the trip up to the Orlando area and get ready to tee off on Tuesday.
 
"I've just caught fire for two weeks," Esposito said. "Once again, I hit the ball very, very well all week and controlled my distance with the irons. Even though the putter was a bit shaky today, I managed my way around the golf course pretty well."
 
Coincidentally, Esposito also finished with a 71 to win the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. And impressively, he slept on the third-round lead in both events and closed out both victories in steady style.
 
"Winning this is great, it really is," Esposito – the reigning New Jersey PGA Senior Player of the Year – said after his Senior PNC victory. "I didn't know what to expect, and it means a lot to me, especially out here."
 

Esposito won $30,000 for his medalist honors at Champions Tour Q-School to go with the $20,000 he earned at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. 

Playing a full Champions Tour season will be a relatively new experience for Esposito, who played in the 2008 and 2014 PGA Championships as well as the 2014 Senior PGA Championship and Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Championship. Coston, by contrast, has plenty of tour experience – he played on the PGA Tour in 1985 and 1988, and spent 1991-1994 on the Ben Hogan and Nike Tour, which is now known as the Web.Com Tour. He's also played in multiple majors, and is a nine-time Pacific Northwest PGA Section Player of the Year.

PGA Professional Frank Esposito wins Champions Tour Q-School
November 21, 2014 - 3:09pm
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Thankful in golf
PGA of America
It's never a bad idea to be thankful for having a PGA Professional as your instructor.

With the Thanksgiving season fully upon us, it's time to start thinking about everything we are thankful for. And your time out on the golf course can be included in that.

So we want to know what golf-related things are our readers are most thankful for. From an incredible shot, to a fantastic time with some great company or a score-saving tip that's helped your game, there are plenty of options. 

Here's what our readers had to say, and feel free to share yours. 

 

 

 

You're thankful for these golf experiences
November 21, 2014 - 12:11pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Rory McIlroy
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In the second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Friday, this 3-wood shot from the middle of the fairway didn't go exactly as planned for Rory McIlroy. As you can see, there's a lot of turf behind that golf ball.

So here's the situation: You've just hit a perfect drive right down the pipe on a long par 5. You get to the ball, sitting beautifully in the fairway, and decide you're going to take a crack at going for it in two.

You take the headcover off the 3-wood, address the ball, take the club back and then... Oh no. Your club hits the turf eight inches behind the ball and you chunk it big time. You feel like an idiot.

Guess what? That even happens to the world's best player sometimes (never as often as it happens to you or me though).

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That's right -- in Friday's second round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, no less than Rory McIlroy hit that dreaded chunk 3-wood while he was sitting pretty in the fairway.

Here it is since we understand you need to see it to believe it:

The difference between you, me and Rory? He still parred the hole and managed to shoot a 2-under 70 that sends him to the weekend two shots behind leader Henrik Stenson.

 

Oh, and here's how McIlroy explained the shot to reporters after the round: "It was a fat, low, duck-hook runner that was not intentional."

Great sense of humor.

Even Rory McIlroy chunks his three-wood sometimes