Back with Harmon, Woodland thriving


IRVING, Texas – When Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon split last November it started a domino effect for Gary Woodland.

Woodland joined Harmon’s stable of players in 2012, but last March he went in a different direction and began working with Jim McLean. Earlier this year, things came full circle for Woodland and Harmon, who reunited in late March.

“Jim was great, but I had no results,” Woodland said on Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson where he’s posted back-to-back 64s to move into the top 10. “I was healthy, had the equipment I liked, but something was missing.”

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Mickelson’s exit from Harmon’s stable opened a spot for Woodland to start working with the legendary swing coach again and Woodland said now that he’s healthy he can do the things Harmon wants him to.

Following a first-round 71 at the Nelson, Woodland sent Harmon some video of his swing and the two worked out the problems over the phone on Thursday.

“He was really great about welcoming me back with open arms,” Woodland said. “Butch has a chip on his shoulder. He’s the best swing coach and he wants to prove it.”