Woodland posts opening 70 after coaching change


DORAL, Fla. – In 2012, Gary Woodland joined Butch Harmon’s high-profile stable and enjoyed almost-instant success, including a victory at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open.

Last week, however, the two decided it was time for a change.

Woodland began working with Jim McLean last Tuesday, a move that produced an opening-round 70 on Thursday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Woodland said he and Harmon had been working together on a part-time basis for the last few months and he made the move to McLean based on Harmon’s recommendation.

“Butch has a full slate,” said Woodland, who added that most of the work he’s done with McLean has been focused on his short game. “It’s been good for me. We’re not changing anything in the swing. At least not yet.”

Woodland said he has known McLean for years, after having competed as an amateur against his son, Jon, and it’s been an easy transition.

“He’s a great guy, salt of the earth,” Woodland said.