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Els Harmon reconnect at Doral

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DORAL, Fla. – Ernie Els met with swing coach Butch Harmon for a quick assessment Wednesday on the driving range at the WGC-CA Championship.

It was their first face-to-face work together since the U.S. Open nine months ago.

Today, Els shot 68 and sits a shot off the lead after the first round.

Mostly, Els said he wanted Harmon to confirm that he’s working on the right things in his return to alignment and ball-position basics. Els said he “went back to the drawing board” after struggling to a tie for 67th at the Honda Classic last week, his worst start of an otherwise strong beginning to the 2010 season. Els said he isn’t overhauling anything, just refining technique.

“I’m a different type of guy,” Els said. “I don’t need someone on me all the time. I just need that thought to work on.”

It was here at Doral two years ago that Els made a break with David Leadbetter to begin working with Harmon. Last summer, Els and Harmon ended their full-time relationship, though Els said he and Harmon would continue to meet as needed.

'We text each other,' Els said.