Dustin Johnson looks to step up with Harmons help


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Dustin Johnson is the newest member of Butch Harmon’s elite stable of PGA Tour pros.

Harmon severely limits the players under his tutelage. Johnson joins Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Nick Watney and Fred Couples as the only PGA Tour pros working with him. 

Harmon said Mickelson and his caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, were the go-betweens who set up the new arrangement last week.

For two hours Tuesday, Harmon and Johnson worked hard together at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course practice range at The Players Championship.

Johnson, 25, is one of the Tour's rising young stars. His victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February was his third PGA Tour title. His first session with Harmon was in Charlotte, N.C., before the Quail Hollow Championship.

“I told Dustin, `Let’s work together a couple days and see how you like it,’” Harmon said. “We seem to have a good thing going. The kid’s got a lot of talent, and he’s fun to work with.”

Harmon said his focus is on helping Johnson work the ball better and build his arsenal of shots.

“I would never change his position at the top from the shut position because that is how he plays,” Harmon said. “We just want to do some things in his swing that will make him more consistent. We’re working on a little more variety of shots and working the ball more. He draws the ball mainly and he struggles fading it. We were working [Tuesday] on fading the ball to get to right pins.”