Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon – a team since 2007 – are parting ways.
Golf.com is reporting that the struggles Mickelson has gone through this season have piled up and the Lefty is ready for change.
“I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together,” Mickelson said in a statement to Golf.com. “It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.”
Harmon will still be plenty busy, with guys like Dustin Johnson, Ricky Fowler and Jimmy Walker all working with under his tutelage. It should be pointed out how rarely players part ways with Butch, though – widely considered one of the foremost names in the sport.
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For Mickelson, one thing to consider with whichever coach he opts for next is how his game must change as the years in this sport continue to mount. His short game will always be there to assist in keeping his scores low, but as distance wanes, Mickelson will have to figure out a way to keep up with today’s generation crushing the ball miles off the tee.
This is a surprising development given how long the two have worked together, but by no means that either party will be unable to recover from the minor hiccup they’ve both endured.