Cut Line: Splits (Phil-Butch) and spills (Tiger-Stevie)


It’s the end of an era for Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon, who split this week, while Steve Williams lifts the veil on his era as Tiger Woods’ caddie.

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Moving on. On more than one occasion, Butch Harmon has explained to Cut Line the realities of the high-profile swing coach. The dean of the swing says there are two kinds of swing coaches – those who have just been fired and those who are about to be fired.

So it wasn’t much of a surprise this week when news surfaced that Harmon had split with Phil Mickelson. What may surprise some, however, is how amicable the divorce was.

Mickelson flew to Las Vegas to personally inform Harmon because, “I respect him as a person and as a teacher and as a friend, and just wanted to talk to him in person about it,” Lefty told Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte.

Harmon – who had suggested in recent months that at 72 he was looking to trim his PGA Tour staff – took an equally high road. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil and we’ve had great success together,” he said in a statement.

Breakups are never easy, but some are better than others.

Being Boo. As only the man from Milton, Fla., can, Boo Weekley unloaded on the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule this week.

“It's just, it's stupid,” said Weekley, who is playing this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. “It's just golf after golf after golf. Ain't no time for hunting and fishing, man.”

Maybe fishing is not your thing, but Weekley’s point is valid and shared by many a Tour frat brother as well as a good portion of the viewing public.

For his honesty, Weekley should probably expect a notice arriving in his mailbox soon from the Tour informing him he will be fined for “conduct unbecoming” or some other such esoteric violation.

Tweet of the week:

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Caddie confidential. The mistake here is less about Steve Williams’ decision to publish a tell-all tome about his time as Tiger Woods’ caddie than it is the New Zealander’s decision to lead with the lowest hanging fruit.

Although Williams said he was disappointed his publisher chose to publish an excerpt from his new book “Out of the Rough,” which focused on the events of November 2009 and the ensuing scandal, that doesn’t absolve him of responsibility.

Nor does he seem to take much blame for use of the word “slave” to describe his relationship with Woods, which after a lifetime working in the United States he should have known was offensive.

Lost in those miscues, however, is a book that provides a unique insight into Woods’ greatness that only Williams could provide, like his revelation after Woods tied for 17th place at the 2004 U.S. Open: “Stevie, I think I’ve had enough of golf. I’d really like to try to be a Navy SEAL,” Williams wrote.

Perhaps Williams broke an unwritten code that the No. 1 rule of caddying is you don’t write about caddying, but that’s a debate for another day and doesn’t diminish the compelling glimpse he provides into Woods’ career.

Tweet of the week II.

No Fun League. Although Peterson’s Gilmore-like swing off the first tee on Sunday at the CIMB Classic found a water hazard, he still made par at the opening hole and carded his best round of the week (66).

The third-year Tour player opened his week in Malaysia with an 80 and began the final round in the day’s first group off. He offered his fans a hint of his plans with a tweet on Oct. 30, two days before the final round.

“Hey @PGATour, what’s the record for Happy Gilmore swings in one round? Asking for a friend,” he tweeted.

Like Weekley, Peterson’s antics will likely get him fined by the Tour. And, like Weekley, Peterson probably figures it was totally worth it.