Hes definitely going to start working with Butch Harmon, said Bud Martin, Dalys agent with SFX Golf. Its official. It will probably happen once the TOUR gets to California early next year. John is looking for something to help jump start his year.
Martin also pointed out that Daly was in Vegas recently completing a new batch of Winn Grip commercials with Harmon and Gulbis, also a Harmon pupil. Another member of the Daly camp said the two have worked together on occasion already but never full time.
The Harmon stable, which has attracted names like Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, currently includes, among others, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Adam Scott and Stewart Cink.
The 41-year-old Daly finished 188th on the PGA TOUR money list this year. Currently he does not own a TOUR card. In 24 starts this year in the U.S. he made just nine cuts and had no top-10s. The two-time major champion wound up the season second in driving distance with an average of 312.9 yards. But his world ranking has cratered to 491.
Dalys last PGA TOUR win was the 2004 Buick Invitational. Since then he has been plagued by injuries and a series of off-the-course distractions.
The Daly-Harmon arrangement is believed to be more informal than Harmon's deals with his other top players. 'John asked me for help,' Harmon said. 'And I said if I'm in town for a tournament and he's there I'd be happy to take a look.'
Harmon told GOLF CHANNEL he will not touch Daly's backswing (that goes well past parallel). Rather, Harmon said, he will concentrate on Daly's follow-through, his impact and his bad habit of having his spine back up at impact.
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