Butch Harmon retiring from Tour life


Butch Harmon, one of golf’s most famous coaches, is set to retire from Tour life

According to a report from Golfweek, Butch Harmon is set to retire from life travelling to Tour events as a coach, and will also scale down his TV commitments with Sky Sports Golf. 

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two sources confirmed to Golfweek that Harmon had recently told his players he is “done on Tour” and wants to cut back on traveling. 

Harmon, who is the son of 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon, has become a household name over the past couple of decades: Tiger Woods won eight majors under Harmon before their split in 2003, and he currently counts Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler among his roster of players. 

But Harmon turns 76 later this year, and it seems he feels now is the right time to scale back his travelling and commitments on Tour, including on TV. He has been part of Sky Sports’ Golf Coverage for more than 20 years, but the report indicated his appearances this year will be limited to just the 2019 Masters. 

He won’t be giving up his job altogether, and will still continue to teach from his home in Las Vegas, but he will no longer be present on driving ranges on Tour.

His son Claude, who coaches Brooks Koepka, already works with Fowler and DJ. 

Butch’s current client list includes: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Danielle Kang, and he has previously coached Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and a whole host of other top professionals. 

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